Early may build waste water treatment plant

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
City of Early

EARLY — The City of Early is taking preliminary steps toward building its own waste water treatment plant.

The city sends about 5 million gallons of waste water each month to the City of Brownwood's plant and pays Brownwood about $300,000 a year, Early City Administrator Ken Thomas said.

If Early treats its own waste water, it could sell the effluent water to irrigation customers, reducing the water that's drawn from Lake Brownwood for irrigation, Thomas said. The benefits would be conservation of water and "it could mean some income for the city," Thomas said.

The city plans to seek a Texas Water Development Board loan as well as federal funds that are available as a loan. To qualify for the federal funds, the city is following a requirement to send requests for proposals to bond counsel, engineering firms and financial consultants, Thomas said.

The city is looking at a maximum total package of $10 million, but the cost would likely be considerably less, Thomas said.

Construction on the plant could potential begin in December or January and last close to a year.

The city is working on completing a deal to purchase land for the plant to be built. Thomas declined to give the specific location but said it is south of Early.

Thomas noted that other cities including Bangs have been successful in using effluent waste water for irrigation.