Farmersville inks completion of wastewater treatment facility

Farmersville city council approves notice of completion for wastewater treatment facility expansion and upgrades project, awaits state approval on one work order

FARMERSVILLE – The city of Farmersville have almost crossed all their T’s and dotted their I’s on the final completion of the updated wastewater treatment facility at the Sept. 13 city council meeting, which is already up and running for residents and businesses.

Only one box remains to be checked for the over 10-year project—the largest and most expensive infrastructure project in Farmersville history at about $23 million—a final work order for that awaits approval from the State Water Board.

Farmersville city manager Jennifer Gomez said the last change order accounts for $180,000 and includes the last bit of labor and equipment for pumps and removing debris from the bar screens in the facility. Back in February, the city ran into an issue with rags, paper towels, diapers, masks and other linen like objects clogging the pipes after being flushed by residents during their extended stays at home amidst the pandemic. The city had previously installed equipment to chop and shred the unwanted items clogging the system, with screens designed to catch the bits and shreds. Staff were having to manually scrape the muck off the screens, not a permanent solution.

The city has since installed permanent equipment to mechanically clean off the screens at the wastewater treatment facility. Gomez said they’ve been waiting for about two months for the State Water Board to get the work order approved, and said this timeline has been typical of the State Water Board throughout the decade-long project.

The state approval is important to Farmersville because it is a step towards being able to apply for reimbursement on the millions in grants and loans the city received to complete the wastewater treatment facility upgrades, in combination from the state and the federal United States Department of Agriculture.

Steve Huntley, finance director for the city of Farmersville, said he’s forecasting to be within 1% of their budget when it’s all said and done.

“So slightly under budget, which is nice,” Huntley said. “You can’t ask for much better than that, because huge projects like this typically see overruns.”

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