A $193,000 bid from Beck-Reit and Sons, an Austin-based civil construction contracting company, was approved by the council for the repair of the banks of the sewer ponds in order to bring them to proper compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
The city’s sewage comes to the sewer plant where the wastewater is treated. It is then pumped to the sewer ponds where it is kept until it is settled, and then the treated water is used for irrigation of the sewer plant property.
Over time, the banks of the sewer ponds had become eroded and damaged, and have fallen out of compliance with state standards. The city had recently received a financial grant from the state in order to fund the needed repair and rehabilitation of the sewer ponds.
“Our sewer pond banks are out of compliance; they have to be at a certain grade and they are not at that grade,” said Mayor Brent Houdmann. “TCEQ has been working with us and we received a grant to fix the sewer ponds and get them back in compliance.”