'It is the right thing to do': Bastrop breaks ground on $32.6M wastewater treatment plant
1 Apr 2021
The city of Bastrop broke ground on its $32.6 million wastewater treatment plant on March 26, paving the way for a new facility that can process up to 2 million gallons of wastewater per day.
“The need for wastewater expansion has been known for a very, very long time,” Mayor Connie Schroeder said. “Something had to be done. We couldn’t kick the can down the road anymore. In our Comprehensive Plan, approved in 2016, we had two main goals: expand wastewater collection and treatment capacity and to enhance the efficiency.”
The City Council in 2018 awarded KSA Engineers a $6 million contract to design Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 3 and to manage its construction. At the time, the city’s wastewater treatment capacity was at 68%. State law requires cities to begin designing a new treatment plant when their treatment capacity reaches 75% and to begin construction when capacity reaches 90%.