By James Clark - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock is willing to spend nearly $6 million to improve its water treatment plant on the north edge of town. The city will spend up to $1 million for SCADA or supervisory control and data acquisition; that's a fancy name for a computer automation system.
Then the city will spend up to $4.85 million for a system called flocculation and sedimentation. The process uses electricity to make impurities stick to each other in the form of flakes that can be filtered out, leaving behind clean water.
The first project is expected to take a little less than a year. The second one is expected to take a year-and-a-half.
Lubbock treats water on behalf of Levelland, Slaton, Brownfield, Tahoka, O'Donnell and Lamesa. Those cities are contributing roughly $2.5 toward the improvements.
The water treatment plant was built in 1968 and, according to Mayor Tom Martin, it has not undergone a major improvement since that time. The plant's capacity will not increase from 80 million gallons per day but the projects will modernize the inside of the plant.
(Lubbock also provides water to Buffalo Springs, and Ransom Canyon. Lubbock also provides some of Slaton's excess water to New Deal)
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