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You may have noticed the construction taking place behind Fire Station #1 on Veterans Memorial Drive. The City of Huntsville is building a 2.5 million-gallon elevated storage tank (EST), part of the Proposition 3 Bond Projects passed by voters on November 8, 2016.
Proposition 3 is centered around the City water and wastewater facilities, and is the first of the bond projects to begin construction. Water system improvements, in addition to the EST, include renovations to the Palm Street Water Plant, a new pump station and 2 million-gallon ground storage tank near the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway 30, and larger water lines to connect the modern facilities with the existing ones. Water distribution system modifications will separate the city into two pressure planes, designed to keep the pressure even throughout higher and lower elevations.
Additionally, the A. J. Brown Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive a complete renovation and the Elkins Lake Dam lift station is being reconstructed.
Brent Sherrod, P.E., Public Works Director, stated crews began Prop. 3 construction in June 2018 with the EST. All projects have been bid and awarded by City Council at a total amount below budget.
“We have also begun remodeling the A. J. Brown Wastewater Treatment Plant and it is currently estimated to be finished by January 2020,” Sherrod said.
Sherrod noted all water upgrades and changes are to be done at the same time, as they work in conjunction with each other, and should be complete in February 2020. However, the wastewater improvements at the Elkins Lake Dam lift station are independent of the other systems and are expected to be complete in October 2019.
For more information, call 936-294-5794. All three bond propositions received overwhelming support by voters in 2016. Prop. 1 will provide new Public Safety facilities. Prop. 2 provides for City services facilities, with improvements andrenovations to multiple locations. Follow updates on bond projects at www.HuntsvilleTX.gov/2016BondUpdates.