Fort Stockton Landfill Approaches Capacity 8/19/13
August 19, 2013
Fort Stockton - The Fort Stockton monitor well is expected to bring much relief to Odessa’s water supply, and a different kind of relief to Fort Stockton. Fort Stockton city officials report that its landfill is down to a life expectancy of only five years. Once Fort Stockton can start selling water to Odessa, they say they will have extra money to dig a new landfill. With only five years left for the cities landfill, officials say it’s a little too late, meaning the city will most likely be without a landfill for two or more years.
“It’s too little too late, we would have to make a huge impact on utility rates to be able to raise the money we need in time,” said Fort Stockton City Manager Raul Rodriguez.
For ten to fifteen years now Fort Stockton officials have been warning the city that its landfill would fill up without another to take its place. “It’s like a case of crying wolf, we have heard it so many times, the landfill, the landfill. Well the whole time life is being diminished on the landfill,” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez says building a new landfill will take anywhere from seven to eight years, but with only five years left what happens for two to three years while the city is left without a place to put their trash?
“What’s going to happen is the day we close the door, the next day the rates are doubled or tripled what they were just to get the trash out of here to an alternate source,” said Rodriguez.
That alternate source he says would be Odessa. But Rodriguez has hope, once the new water well is up and going he says it’s a project that could open doors for a better source of revenue.