About three weeks ago, NewsChannel 11 told you that Lubbock City Council Members were considering raising your sewage rates in order to help pay for additional sewer costs. The City of Lubbock is looking at an additional $200,000 cost to treat and get rid of city waste water. The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission has discovered high nitrogen levels in the ground water at the Lubbock city farm.
For years, the city has been using treated waste water to water land for city owned crops. But Public Works Chief Engineer Ches Carthel says that the TNRCC told them not to do that anymore. "We're having to begin stream discharge because the TNRCC has instructed us to reduce the amount of effluent we apply to the farm," said Carthel on Monday.
The discharge point is located on south FM 400. Carthel says between two to three million gallons of water a day will be sent down the stream which will eventually dump into the Brazos River. The stream is about three miles north of Slaton, and Mayor Don Kendrick says that residents won't be affected. "Plus, the fact that it is not a source of water, or any other resource for the city," said Kendrick.
Right now, workers are laying down the pipe work which will bring some of the treated waste water to the Jones Power Plant and another city farm near Wilson. The city will begin discharging treated waste water in the stream next January.
City water engineers say the discharged treated wastewater is of higher quality than the water currently running downstream. But they say, it still won't be clean enough to drink.