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Waco Metropolitan Area Regional Sewerage System (WMARSS)
The Waco Metropolitan Area Regional Sewerage System (WMARSS) is currently planning to expand its current wastewater facilities in order to better serve our community. The regional wastewater plant is owned jointly by our ‘Community of Cities’ (Waco, Woodway, Lacy-Lakeview, Lorena, Bellmead, Robinson, and Hewitt) and currently operates at an average flow of over 37 million gallons per day. The planned expansion will allow WMARSS to handle just over 7 million additional gallons of wastewater each day.
“This expansion represents an important step for WMARSS,” says Ricky Garrett, Director of Water Utilities for the City of Waco. “It will allow us to continue to meet and exceed regulatory requirements and provide superior and cost effective wastewater treatment service to the metropolitan area.”
As part of the expansion, WMARSS is currently examining plans to expand the system’s current plant, as well as to construct an additional satellite treatment plant along Bull Hide Creek. The expanded central plant will continue to provide quality service to all of the WMARSS cities, while the Bull Hide Plant will specifically serve the growing population in the Hewitt and Lorena areas.
According to Garrett, “the regional treatment service provided by WMARSS allows us to minimize the number of treatment plants we need, thus allowing our member cities to keep wastewater rates affordable while minimizing the impact we have on the environment.”
As part of the expansion, and with the financial assistance of the Federal Government, WMARSS will be examining ways to implement water reclamation, also known as water recycling, in the Waco metropolitan area. Water reclamation involves taking wastewater that has been purified through a high level of treatment, and using it for non-drinking water applications. Water recycling by WMARSS is an extension of this natural process and establishes WMARSS as a leader in environmental stewardship.”
WMARSS has established a website to keep the keep the public informed about the planned expansion. We encourage you to visit www.wmarss.com to find out more about WMARSS and the planned facilities expansion. For more information contact, Ricky Garrett, at 750-8040.