The City of Corpus Christi is currently considering ten different proposals regarding the six wastewater facilities in the city. A public open house event was held on Thursday at the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development to inform residents of the options that the city is considering and to get their thoughts and opinions.
Gerald Garcia is the Wastewater Treatment Superintendent for the City of Corpus Christi Utilities Department. “It's a lot of options. We've been studying and figuring out what we're going to go with,” said Garcia. “A lot of people will be wanting to go with the reuse plan, it's the way of the future.”
The reuse plans that have been proposed involve selling wastewater that has been treated for reuse to industrial companies that currently use potable drinking water in the production processes of their products. Nine of the ten different options allow for reuse water to be sold to industrial entities along Highway 37. However this portion of the plan is dependent upon whether these businesses choose to buy the reuse water followed by any agreement regarding cost.
Currently the city has six wastewater facilities with the newest being the Broadway facility. Proposals include repairing the existing six, or closing any combination of facilities while either solely expanding and consolidating into other existing plants, or even building new facilities to take the place of plants that would be shut down.
Rob Simm, an engineering consultant with Stantec, helped to come up with the proposals and stated that of the ten, three are shortlisted based on their operational and maintenance costs as well as the capital cost of improvement, replacement, or repair. With estimated cost totals ranging from $850 million to $1.050 billion the three that Simm feels would be the most beneficial are all on the low end of the spectrum. “Plan '4D' is the plan that seems to be the best option. Plants at Whitecap and Broadway would be repaired and brought up to code. Oso would be expanded in order to take on the additional wastewater from Laguna Madre. Laguna Madre, Allison and Greenwood facilities would all be closed and made into pumping stations. A new facility would be constructed to take receive the wastewater from Allison and Greenwood and would produce 10 million gallons a day of reuse water for industrial customers,” said Simms
According to Garcia, customers that are currently utilizing reuse water are the Veteran's Cemetery as well as several golf courses around the city. “There are regulations with the reuse water, it needs to have certain levels of bacteria in it and cannot be used around humans. It is used for irrigation and required to only be used at night.”
Anybody wishing to find out more about the project and provide feedback may visit www.ccwastewaterstudy.com.