Norris, of the Austin company NorrisLeal Engineering Water, said several permits need to be obtained.
He said the state agency will need to issue permits for a number of projects related to the plan to drill a well approximately 1,700 feet into the Jasper aquifer and to pump that water into an RO plant where suspended solids and chlorides would be removed.
He said treated water would be pumped into existing storage tanks at the city’s water storage facility on West Cleveland Street.
Norris also said engineers would need to study alternatives for disposing of the effluent removed from the well water.
He said there would be several options, including selling the effluent to oil drilling companies looking for water to use in hydraulic fracking.
Norris explained that another alternative would be to deposit the effluent into the city’s wastewater treatment facility.
City Councilman David Carabajal made the motion to provide the funds and the $10,000 limit. The motion was seconded by Councilman John Fulghum and approved without opposition.
In other business, the council voted to:
— Approve payment of the fourth quarter hotels and motel tax funds for the Bee County Chamber of Commerce.
— Authorize the payment of $10,091 to Xylem Water Solutions for repairs to a pump at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s William G. McConnell Unit wastewater lift station.
— Approve the payment of an $8,349 bill for a valve replacement at the city’s Mussett Road booster pump location.
— Accept an offer of $27,531.30 for the purchase of three new Dodge Charger patrol cars for the Beeville Police Department.
— Approve a deadline for requests from City Council members for including items on its meeting agendas.
— Authorize the city to use in house labor for the construction of a small building at a radio tower location.
— Approve changing the polling place for Ward 1 City Council election from Trinity Christian Center to the Doctor’s Building at 301 S. Hillside Drive.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.