Ted Simpson and Bert Massey took the oaths of office Tuesday as members of the Brown County Water Improvement District Board of Directors — Simpson as an incumbent, and Massey as a new board member — before directors tackled the issue of developing a water source to ease the demands on Lake Brownwood.
Directors and water district General Manager Dennis Spinks agreed that the next step, if the district is to continue looking into the "lake line" project, is to have a task known as lake modeling completed. That will consist of an analysis to determine the effects of discharging waste water into Lake Brownwood, and will determine whether the waste water would require additional treatment before being discharged into the lake.
Spinks said it's expected to cost $25,000 to $30,000 to have the modeling done by an engineering firm.
Spinks and directors agreed to have another meeting soon and have the modeling as an action item on the agenda.
Directors and Spinks have proposed pumping waste water from the city's waste water treatment plant to Lake Brownwood, using existing water district infrastructure including existing easements and some of the existing irrigation lines. Spinks said a pipeline 18 inches in diameter and 13 miles long would be built.
Brownwood city officials including City Manager Bobby Rountree attended the directors meeting, and Rountree said he is concerned about the time that would be required for the lake line project — about 600 days for modeling, permit preparation, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality review and public comment. Plans and construction could take another two years.
"My concern is the time," Rountree said. "Do we wait another two to four years? Can we wait?"
It would take 14 months to build a water reuse plant, which Brownwood officials have proposed, Brownwood Public Works Director David Harris told directors.
Director Johnny Hays told Harris that the city would be "doing something half the town is against" if city officials decide to build a water reuse plant.