Council Members Take a Tour of Wastewater Treatment Plants - South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Council Members Take a Tour of Wastewater Treatment Plants

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As part of the City's ongoing efforts to comply with an EPA consent decree to improve sewage treatment, City Council members toured area wastewater treatment plants on Friday.

The City is under the gun to come up with a plan to stop accidental overflows, which violate federal guidelines. The overflows usually occur during heavy rains, and federal regulators say the City must improve the infrastructure to stop such overflows.

Councilman Rudy Garza said he learned a lot during their tour.

"Is it going to be a useful exercise to try to rehab some of these plants to a robust operating level, or do we need to actually consolidate some of these plants into a big plant?" Garza asked.

"In the coming months, we're going to be asking the City Council to make some decisions on improvements or repairs to these facilities, and we want them to understand and see the conditions," Assistant City Manager Mark Van Vleck said.

The City's six treatment plants are all about 50 years old. Options that City staff may recommend include possible consolidation from six plants to just a few, or even one large treatment plant.

The project is part of a year-long process to come up with an improvement plan that is acceptable to regulators.