While hardly proclaiming it a done deal, the City of Brownwood continues to take steps with a proposal to begin reclaiming effluent water from the city's wastewater treatment plant and bringing it to drinking water standards.

City council members will hear a report Tuesday from utilities director David Harris on the results of a feasibility study prepared by Hearn Engineering Inc. of Georgetown.

The city hired the firm in October to perform the study, which will outline the process and technology that will be presented to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in seeking a permit.

The city is looking into various financing options for the project including a loan from the Texas Water Development Board, which would come from state funds.

If the council decides to move forward with the project, an action item for professional engineering services with Hearn will be on the Jan. 10 agenda.

Rountree and city council members began discussing the idea several weeks ago as Rountree said the city needs to find options in meeting its water needs in the midst of the drought.

The city's wastewater treatment plant releases 2 million to 2.5 million gallons of water a day, and the city uses 2.5 million to 3 million gallons of potable water per day during the winter, so the reuse of this water would go a long way in helping provide potable water for the city, Rountree said earlier.

He said a reverse osmosis water treatment system would be required to treat the water.

Rountree and Harris said earlier that the city has been exchanging information with the TCEQ on the proposal.