Richmond city commissioners adopted an integrated Utility Master Plan in 2019 to prepare for future growth in the city and its extra-territorial jurisdiction. Commissioners reviewed the water and wastewater plan last week.
The plan projects future growth to be significant in the city and in its ETJ.
“We want to make sure we are following the Water/ Wastewater Master Plan so as not to fall behind or start projects prematurely,” Public Works Director Howard Christian explained.
An additional consideration is the Fort Bend Subsidence District mandate for 2025 will require the city to increase the non-groundwater alternative water capabilities from 30% to 60%.
Current plans include some reclaimed wastewater opportunities; however, surface water plant expansion will be necessary to meet this mandate, Christian said. The city currently has water rights secured for 2.0 million gallons per day expansion along with 2.4 years of credits toward the 60% conversion.
The city’s current 5-year plan includes the initiation of expansion of the surface water plant. The master plan also includes a project for a new .75 million gallons per day wastewater treatment plant to be built east of the Brazos River to accommodate future development.
This new facility will extend the time needed to increase capacity and rehabilitate the main regional wastewater treatment plant.
“It is imperative the city hits the milestones laid out in the utility master plan and allow for staff to be proactive in building necessary infrastructure to be ready to serve citizens,” Christian added. Next year’s capital improvement plans allow for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality permitting, easements acquisition, and beginning the design of the new plant.