Hearings and Business Meetings
July 27, 2006
SD-366 Energy Committee Hearing Room 02:30 PM
Mr. Tom Ray
Engineering Consultant, City of Waco
TESTIMONY OF J. Tom Ray, P.E.
Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.
July 27, 2006
ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER AND POWER
UNITED STATES SENATE
Good afternoon, Senator Murkowski and Senators. My name is Tom Ray. I am project manager for the Central Texas Water Recycling project and an engineer and program manager with the engineering firm of Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.
Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of including H.R. 3418, the Central Texas Water Recycling Act of 2005 and for the leadership of this subcommittee in scheduling this hearing. The incredibly hot summer that we are having in
In addition to prolonged drought conditions that stress our existing surface and groundwater supplies in
Reuse supplies will help us cope with seasonable demands and peak water use. With temperature repeatedly reaching well over 100 degrees this month, it emphasizes the seasonal effects on water use and water demands. To help address the spikes in demand due to seasonal water use, the community of cities in
The Central Texas Water Recycling Act will help support these efforts to provide sustainable water supplies in this area of
With this background, let me summarize the specific need for and benefits of the reclamation and water recycling project. Today, the growth areas of the regional wastewater collection facilities are hydraulically overloaded. In addition, the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, which currently treats all wastewater generated by the serves all of the six cities that comprise the regional wastewater system is nearing its permitted discharge capacity. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is requiring plans for the expansion of the existing wastewater treatment capacity.
A comprehensive engineering solution to this wastewater challenge is the construction of a satellite wastewater reclamation plants and facilities to in part provide benefits from the reuse of the reclaimed effluent. The benefits of satellite plants are significant, in addition to avoiding expensive relocation of infrastructure and downstream conveyance improvements (estimated at $2.1 million), the plants will provide capacity for future growth in the “high growth” corridor, and significantly, the reclaimed water produced at the proposed reclamation plant can be readily delivered to dozens of end users within the nearby vicinity. Not only would this reclaimed water be a revenue generator, it would also help reduce the summertime peak water demands at the regional water treatment plant.
In summary, this legislation will not only provide for conservation of our community’s water supply but will also reduce cost to the taxpayers and provide benefits to the environment as treated effluent is not dumped into river but is used to sustain habitat in our parks and recreational areas. Recycling of highly treated wastewater provides an additional valuable resource for a large number of identified reuse applications, including golf courses, landscape irrigation, industrial cooling water, and other industrial applications. The initial projects eligible for funding under this legislation can provide up to 10 million gallons per day of reuse water; thereby, reducing the water demand on Lake Waco. This is enough water supply to meet the needs of over 20,000 households.
Senator Murkowski and members of this subcommittee, we strongly support H.R. 3418, and the assistance it will provide for the McLennan County Regional Satellite and Reuse Project. The community of cities in
We welcome the opportunity to partner with the Bureau of Reclamation to design, plan and construct a consolidated system to improve the efficient use of water resources in
Thank you for allowing me to appear before you today.