Waco: Grant Will Pay For Wetland Construction

WACO (July 15, 2014) The City of Waco and its area partners in the Waco Metropolitan Regional Sewerage System, or WMARSS, have won a $588,000 grant to construct a wetland to further filter the wastewater that the plant discharges.

“With this project, that effluent will be directed through the new wetland and benefit from a natural filtering process that will further enhance the quality of the water as it reenters the Brazos River,” the city said in a press release Tuesday.

The process of seeking the grant started in 2012 after the Waco City Council authorized the use of 12 acres of land across from the plant for the project.

The Brazos River Demonstration Wetland Project is a collaborative effort involving the US Bureau of Reclamation, Baylor University, U.S. Geological Survey, City of Waco Water Utilities Services Department, engineering consultants, resource agencies and outreach organizations, the city said.

Work is expected to begin in early 2015.

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