BELTON (January 27, 2013)--The planning stages for the expansion of the Temple-Belton Wastewater Treatment Plant from 10 million gallon capacity to 18 million is in the works, and residents could be paying for it in the future.
Through a tax sale, the City of Belton recently picked up about 100 acres of what used to be Rockwool Industries.
Most of the land surrounding FM 93 in Belton will be saved for industrial or commercial use, while 16 acres of it will be used to expand the Temple-Belton Wastewater Treatment Plant.
"Several years ago, this plant reached 75 percent capacity three months in a row, which triggered a state-requirement to plan for future expansion," said Paul Romer with the City of Belton.
The plant, which serves all of Belton and about 75 percent of Temple, currently has the capacity to treat 10 million gallons a day.
The expansion will add another eight million gallons.
The project will most likely be in phases, with the first focused on the head works, which the cities hope will decrease odors that have caused some complaints from residents.
"Help bring our biological, our BOD, loading into compliance where we can actually do a good job of treating it," said Byron Sinclair with Belton's Public Works.
"We're going to do some things to the organic part of it and help take care of the odor."
Increasing the plant's size and decreasing the odors will come at a price.
Customers in Belton and Temple will likely see their sewage bills could go up in the next three to five years.
How much your sewage bills will change depends on the cost of the expansion.
"What we do know is that the costs for the expansion's significant, that there will be some phasing to try to mitigate the impact it will have on citizens," Romer said.