At their meeting this week, the Lubbock City Council approved contracting the final design for the Northwest Water Reclamation Plant.

The City of Lubbock has seen significant growth in the northwest region, which has caused issues for the current sewer system in the area.

The City says that the existing sewer collection system has insufficient conveyance and treatment capacity within the northwest sewer shed, causing the need for the new reclamation plant.

The Council approved the contract with Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. 6-0, with Mayor Glen Robertson absent. Robertson had a tooth extracted in between Wednesday’s special meeting regarding the employment status of City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld and the Council’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Plans for the new plant will include the plant itself, a treated effluent conveyance system, and a discharge outfall structure. The City is currently working on purchasing property for the plant, which will likely be finalized during the summer months of 2013.

The cost of the final design is not to exceed just more than $8.84 million. The entire capital improvement project is expected to cost approximately $88.3 million. So far, the City has appropriated $22.8 million for the project.

According to City documents, the reclamation plant will handle five million gallons of wastewater per day, with the ability to expand to 15 million gallons. The plant will produce stream quality which may be discharged into the North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River for reuse.