Big Spring Raw Water Production Facility Near Completion 10/11/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
October 11, 2012
BIG SPRING, TX - The process of turning waste water into water you can use at home is what the new $12 million water purification plant in Big Spring will do for the clients of the Colorado River Municipal Water District.
Construction at the Big Spring Raw Water Production Facility is 75% complete. The Colorado River Municipal Water District says they're prepared to provide more water for their clients by taking Big Spring wastewater and cleaning it to mix in their raw water supply.
"We all know that ground water is a non rechargeable source, while its a good back up itís not the best for long term solutions," says Mitch Holmes, Assistant GM Support CRMWD.
Holmes says this cleaning process will only add to the back up water system that they have. He says this is especially important with the threat of lower lake levels during a drought.
"Wastewater is available and reliable. It's treatment qualities and characteristics are very consistent. So that is something that we want to bring in as a 3rd resource in the district," said Holmes.
There will be 3 different processes to clean this wastewater. As much as 2 million gallons of water will be cleaned in this facility.
"We draw water from there and they go through all their treating processes. They are required to treat it to state standards. After that point, we draw the water from them and we send it to a series of filtration processes," said Kyle Kruger, CRMWD Staff Engineer.
They say that technically this water is potable, but it will be used for raw water, which will be mixed with in their lakes. Then sold to their clients like the cities of Odessa, Big Spring and Snyder.
The CRMWD says that they will finish the facility by March 2013.