Options eyed for city's aging treatment plant

Amid concerns over aging mechanical equipment and violations pending with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Fredericksburg City Council received an update on the city’s waste water treatment plant during its regular meeting Monday.

The city has already installed two new surface aerators in February to supplement the existing aeration equipment and will install six new brush aerators in May to help alleviate TCEQ’s immediate concerns.

“We were not meeting some of our discharge permit regulations,” Assistant City Engineer Kris Kneese said. “This also resulted in high operation and maintenance costs. We added $100,000 to the operations budget last year, just to cover this year’s expenses, because we felt that there were going to be some additional issues.”

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