Officials at the City’s Water Utilities Department are asking the City Council for approval to negotiate a contract for the potable reuse project that could cost $136,000,000.
A report to City Council states that San Angelo is still in the middle of lingering drought and has 30 months of water supply available. Without substantial rainfall, the city will not be able to meet the daily water demand on July 1, 2018.
To make up for the supply shortage, the City is in the initial stages of pursuing a Direct Potable Water Project. When completed, the potable water would add 7 million gallons per day.
Council approved $1.2 million for a pilot project conducted by Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. (APAI) and Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd, Inc. in June 2015, to determine how the waste water will be treated. According to city officials, this is an important step in the process because after the study is conducted the Texas Water Development Board and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will both review the project to determine funding and permits.
City staff has been looking into different funding options for this project. Water Utilities has submitted an application for a low-interest loan from the Texas Water Development Board, the same low-interest funding that was used for the Hickory Project.
$136,000,000 is an estimated cost. Once the project is up for bid, the total cost of the project could change.