UPDATED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 8:03pm
BRYAN, Tx (KYLE) — Construction on the west side of Bryan is everywhere you look and with new development popping up left and right, that means more customers for the city of Bryan to serve.
"This plant is the first step in that phase of development to help ensure that Bryan can meet the needs of its customers, residents and potential customers," said chief man operator, Victor Harris.
In an effort to keep up with the growing demands of Bryan, the city is opening its first new wastewater treatment plant in more than 50 years.
"It's going to get needed capacity out to our west side; serving our residential community, also the bio-corridor and the Texas A&M Health Science Center because we have to keep pace with them and this plant will do that," said Mark Jurica, Bryan's treatment and compliance manager.
The $18 million, 100-acre Thompsons Creek Wastewater Plant will treat around two million gallons every day but has the capabilities of treating eight million gallons if needed.
"As industry comes in, residential rooftops come in we can easily transition to build this plant up to meet the needs of the west side," Jurica said.
All while being the most energy efficient plant in the city.
"We're taking advantage of the topography out here," said Jurica. "We're taking advantage of the slope so as the water comes in we get to limit the amount of pumps needed to pick the water up and move it throughout the plant."
The new plant began operating Tuesday morning and the city says they plan to demolish the old Turkey Creek plant within the next few months.