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2018-10-24 / Local

Floresville celebrates wastewater project completion

By Gregory Ripps
Wilson County News


Displaying a large check representing Federal Emergency Management Agency funds Wilson County has received since May 2015 are U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (l-r), Wilson County Auditor Tom Dupnick, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sara Canady, county commissioners Albert Gamez and Paul Pfeil, County Judge Richard L. “Dickie” Jackson, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., and Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Johnny Villarreal. 
GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos Displaying a large check representing Federal Emergency Management Agency funds Wilson County has received since May 2015 are U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (l-r), Wilson County Auditor Tom Dupnick, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sara Canady, county commissioners Albert Gamez and Paul Pfeil, County Judge Richard L. “Dickie” Jackson, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., and Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Johnny Villarreal. GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos “This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest project Floresville has been involved in.”

Floresville Mayor Cissy Gonzalez-Dippel was describing the city’s wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collection line upgrades project.

The project’s completion was celebrated Oct. 19 at City Hall, instead of at the treatment plant, because of rainy weather.

Federal officials joined local citizens for the occasion.


Floresville Mayor Cissy Gonzalez-Dippel displays a mounted certificate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizing Floresville Oct. 19 as citizens celebrated the completion of a new wastewater treatment plant. 
GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos Floresville Mayor Cissy Gonzalez-Dippel displays a mounted certificate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizing Floresville Oct. 19 as citizens celebrated the completion of a new wastewater treatment plant. GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos “A community this size can’t prosper without an adequate water system,” U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director Edd Hargett said.

The project was made possible by a $1.79 million grant and a $7.49 million loan from the USDA Rural Development Program, in addition to the city’s direct contribution of $180,000.

“USDA is versatile and fast and responsive to the community,” U.S. Rep Henry Cuellar said, adding that he was “proud to be a key player” in securing the funding to ensure the city “is able to meet heightened state treatment standards.”

Cuellar also noted that Wilson County received more than $888,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency since severe weather struck the area during the May 2015 Memorial Day weekend. The county requested assistance to repair county roads and drainage after flooding.

“It was money well spent,” county Pct. 1 Commissioner Albert Gamez said.

County Judge Richard L. “Dickie” Jackson explained that the county has received the FEMA funds for specific projects over the last three years and just received the last payment.

Wastewater treatment plant features

Floresville’s new wastewater treatment plant includes a number of improvements over the 1975 plant it replaces:

•A new carousel oxidation basin

•Two new clarifiers

•A new disinfection system

•A new chlorine contact chamber

•A belt filter press to process sludge

•Emergency power

•Electrical and control-system improvements.

The new plant will increase average flow capacity from 900,000 gallons per day to 1.2 million gallons per day and increase peak-flow capacity from 1.8 million gallons per day to 4.8 million gallons per day.

gripps@wcn-online.com

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