The expansion of the Steep Bank/Flat Bank Wastewater Treatment Plant from 1.5 million gallons a day to 6 million gallons a day was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the plant on Oilfield Road Tuesday, June 28. The partnership and cooperation of Missouri City and half a dozen Municipal Utility Districts was cited as the impetus for the year-long project. According to city officials, that cooperation also resulted in a nearly $3 million cost savings.
“The plant was built in 1998 and treated 1.5 million gallons of water a day,” Assistant City Manager Scott Elmer said at the ceremony. “The plant originally included a partnership among Missouri City, First Colony MUD Number 9 and Fort Bend MUD Number 42. Now, the plant has been expanded and can treat six million gallons of water a day and includes the City, First Colony MUD Number 9, and Fort Bend County MUDs Number 42, Number 46, Number 115, Number 129 and Number 149.” Elmer added that the plant may also “service Sienna North at a later date.”
The Steep Bank/Flat Bank plant now serves 16,500 residents and businesses in Missouri City. The original estimate for the expansion project was $9.5 million, and the actual cost was $6.6 million – an almost $3 million savings, Elmer said.
Mayor Allen Owen echoed the importance of a willingness by all stakeholders to work together for the expansion of the plant. “We have to have the partnership of all the MUDS, City Council, staff, and all the contractors involved to make it what it is today,” Owen said.
Water flowing through the processing plant is carefully treated and tested on a weekly basis to meet standards set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
To maintain a healthy city water supply, residents are asked to help by conserving and keeping lawn clippings, motor oil and other pollutants out of the storm drains.