Feature Photo: The elevated water storage tank in Rosebud, Texas. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Rosebud (Falls County) — Funds are being allocated to proceed with planning and construction of improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment system.
Rosebud, located 25 miles east of Temple, provides water and wastewater services to 1,415 residents. The town’s wastewater treatment plant, built more than 30 years ago, is in need of several improvements.
Effluent from the plant is causing high levels of bacteria in the segment of Salt Creek that receives its effluent. Improvements within the collection system also need to be identified to reduce rates of infiltration and inflow.
On Thursday, the Texas Water Development Board agreed to provide $1,320,000 in financial assistance.
The wastewater treatment plant project requires the replacement of components and other improvements. These include the lift station, electrical updates, a new generator, and a new access driveway. The plant is currently accessed via a dirt road southwest of town.
An infiltration and inflow study will be conducted, and collection system component repairs and replacements may be proposed.
Rosebud can expect to close on the loan by Dec. 1. The design phase is scheduled to complete by Jan. 31, 2022, and construction would start by March 31, 2022.
The subtotal for the construction portion of costs is $880,000. Engineering services, fiscal services and the contingency account make up the rest of costs.
VBX Project ID 2020-6669.