TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL / KMSS) – The Texas Water Development Board has approved $ 200 million in multi-year funding to the Riverbend Water District for a new regional water treatment facility.
According to Texarkana, Texas Mayor Bob Bruggeman, the new regional water supply system will replace the current treatment facility located on New Boston Road.
“We are ensuring a good water supply, a pot of drinking water for many decades to come due to our current infrastructure being very old,” said Bruggeman.
The new water intake structure will come from Wright Patman Lake. The regional project will include a raw water pumping station, transmission pipeline and a 25 million gallon per day water treatment plant.
The processing plant will be located on the grounds of the Tex Americas Center.
“Starting with the design, and doing all of that and the construction will be a multi-year process, our best guess at this point will be a 5-year process,” said Riverbend Water Resource District, CEO, Kyle Dooley.
City leaders say not only that the taste of the water will improve, but the new plant is being built in anticipation of Texarkana’s future development.
“Raw water is important because it will help support additional businesses and manufacturing growth in the region,” Txk Chamber of Commerce President Micheal Malone said.