Where will the plant be located and why are we building it in this location?
The Bull Hide Wastewater Treatment Plant will be located approximately 0.8 miles from the intersection of Losak Road and Rosenthal Parkway. WMARSS has purchased 233.9 acres of land on which to locate the plant. We are setting aside approximately 40 acres of this site for the plant. The actual footprint of the plant is less than 10 acres. This location was primarily chosen in an effort to provide adequate size that will allow a sufficient buffer zone between the plant and existing residences. Additionally, this area includes numerous native tree lines, which will more than shield the plant from view.
Treatment plants typically require a stream in which to discharge treated water; this property is well suited to accommodate this function of the plant. Recent comprehensive field studies have shown that the highly-treated discharge from a plant on this property will have no negative impact on the stream’s high-quality habitat status. The discharge will also not cause any flooding.
Will there be significant odors produced by the plant?
No. WMARSS is committed to ensure that they are good neighbors to the local community, and will work diligently to eliminate odors from the plant. Wastewater sludge, the most significant cause of odor from wastewater plants, will NOT be processed on-site.
Will there be significant noise produced by the plant?
No. The loudest equipment utilized at the plant will be a series of air compressors and blowers and this equipment will be shielded so that noise is abated. This, along with the over 190 acres of natural buffer-land surrounding the plant site, will dissipate any noise before it reaches surrounding residents.
Will there be significant light pollution from the plant?
No. Since the plant is a small facility and automated, there are very minimal light requirements. Additionally, any external lighting required at the secure facility will be shielded.
Will the plant increase traffic on area roads?
Once the plant is operational, there will be minimal truck traffic to and from the facility. This will consist of, at most, two (2) trucks each day carrying wastewater solids to the central treatment plant for processing. During construction, there will be an increased presence of trucks on local roadways. Once construction has begun, it should be complete within eighteen months, and every effort will be made to minimize any inconvenience caused by construction.
Will our area be annexed soon?
No. As an organization, WMARSS does not have the legal authority to annex land. None of our member cities, including the Cities of Waco and Lorena, have plans to annex the area surrounding the Bull Hide Plant.
Will sewer service be available to neighboring property owners?
Yes, when requested by landowners whose property is immediately adjacent to the wastewater interceptor serving the plant. Qualifying customers will be permitted one, four (4) inch wastewater tap to service a single residence on their land. Retail service will be provided pursuant to a service agreement with the entity responsible for providing service in that area.
How will the plant impact our water supply?
The plant will have no impact to the local water supply. All public treatment facilities must follow strict guidelines that are developed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This includes stringent guidelines to prevent the intrusion of wastewater into both ground and surface water supplies. The water used by this plant will not have an impact on the local water provider.
Will the plant ever be expanded?
The current design of the facility takes into account the wastewater treatment needs of WMARSS for the next 25 years. While no one can guarantee that the plant will never be expanded, the proposed plant site of less then 40 acres will be sufficient to meet the future needs of area residents.