First phase of water plant now up and running

It took years to make the city’s new water treatment plant a reality, but the first phase is now fully functioning.

Because of fewer minerals, city water customers can expect better-tasting water and less of the white residue that is caused by “hard” water, city officials said.

The plant can produce up to 2.5 million gallons of water per day, which meets Granbury’s current needs of 1.5 to 2 million gallons per day.

On peak demand days when 3 to 3.5 million gallons per day is consumed, water supply from the city’s 34 groundwater wells will help meet the demand.

The plant uses microfiltration and reverse osmosis methods to treat water pulled from Lake Granbury.

The plant is located where the old one used to be on Business 377/East Pearl Street.

The old plant, which was constructed in 1985 and was unable to meet the city’s current water demands, has been demolished.

The city had supplemented water produced by that plant with groundwater wells and water purchased from the Brazos River Authority Lake Granbury Surface Water Advanced Treatment System Plant, often referred to as SWATS.

Water distributed from the plant meets the requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), according to Public Information Officer Bethany Warner.

The plant has security features and is camera-monitored, she said.

The three-phase water treatment plant has been in the works for almost a decade, involving various City Council members and city managers over the years.

Public Works Director Rick Crownover called the completion of Phase One “exciting” and said that the plant is “a valuable asset to the community that will improve life for Granbury residents for many years.”

The City Council adopted an ordinance authorizing the issuance of certificates of obligation in the amount of $16.4 million to build the new plant on June 2, 2015.

Construction began in February 2016 after a bidding process.

Phase Two of the plant will likely be undertaken within the next 10 years. It will involve the installation of additional equipment that will increase the plant’s capacity to 5 million gallons per day, according to Warner.

Phase Three will shoot the plant’s capacity up to 7.5 million gallons per day.

That phase is 20-30 years down the road, or depending on population growth.

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