Raymondville Launches $4.5 million Project To Build Reverse Osmosis Plant
2019-03-13 | Valley Morning Star
Since that scare in 2013, City Manager
With a reserve osmosis system, the city planned to filter groundwater to turn it into clean drinking water.
By 2014, the city was using a
Then last year, the well tapped groundwater deep in the region's aquifer at 1,500 feet.
So, the city is building a
To fund the project, the
Gonzales said the city's water rates will not increase to help pay off the loan.
The new plant's operating costs will add about
Gonzales said the plant's construction is expected to be completed in about a year.
"We're going to be pretty much drought-resistant," Gonzales said.
The plan, he said, calls for evenly mixing the city's water supply with groundwater.
Gonzales said the reverse osmosis plant will use a filtration process to clean the water.
"It softens the water," he said.
The plant will clean 1.5 million gallons of groundwater a day - equal to the city's daily water usage, he said.
Then, the city will mix it with the water supply from
For customers, the end-product will be good-tasting, odorless water, Gonzales said.
"We'll have quality water," he said.
Regional leaders have hailed it as a model project.
"I think it's very much needed,"
Gonzales said the city will become the third city in the
So far, the cities of
Back-up water supply
Gonzales said the city will not have to risk running out of water again.
In 2013, the
"They were going to cut us off the water," Gonzales said.
The city stands 49 miles from the Rio Grande's water source and 16 miles from