KILLEEN (November 27, 2012)—The Killeen Council approved a 20-year water master plan Tuesday night to expand, repair and maintain Killeen’s water and sewer infrastructure to keep pace with the city’s growth.
Water and sewer revenue bonds will be issued to fund the $139-million effort, which includes 74 projects over the next 20 years.
Killeen mayor Dan Corbin said none of the proposed 74 water projects is any more important than the other, but what's most important is that the city takes steps to meet the needs of its growing population.
"Killeen has to constantly plan for its growth, and every three or four years the city goes to borrow money on bonds to get the funds to extend our sewer and water infrastructure to support the growth," Corbin said.
Some of the projects include new water mains, sewer line renovations and potentially a new wastewater treatment plant.
Corbin said the projects don’t include development of a source for more treated water.
"Killeen currently buys its water from Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, and they will soon be approaching the 85% of their capacity, which under state law will mandate that we develop a plan on how to acquire more water," Mayor Corbin said,
Killeen is looking at several alternatives, Corbin said.
In 2007, the city council approved a $21 million water and wastewater master plan, but money from bonds issued to pay for it has dried up.