New Water Project Causes A Hike in Water and Sewer Rates 1/14/14
CBS 7 News
January 14, 2014
MIDLAND-Today Midland's newest leaders met for their first City Council Meeting, and had their eyes set on a new $30-million dollar water project.
Clear Water Ranch project is expected to give Midland a 40-year supply of cleaner water. But clean water doesn't come cheap, and citizens will have to foot the bill.
For the next couple years, water and sewer rates will continue to rise, however Mayor Morales says that whether or not that trend will continue will depend on supply and demand.
"The Clear Water name comes from the actual water source, that it is a little cleaner, so thatís nice to know, because then we donít have to put in any special plants or anything to chlorinate the water and make it safer to deliver," Morales said.
This new source of groundwater will come from a property in Winkler County, which is owned by the City of Midland.
During todayís meeting, representatives of the project say the plan is to connect an 18-inch-deep pipeline to their previous T-Bar water project, which will then blend the two.
Mayor Morales says they plan on using bonds to fund this project, and in turn, water and sewer rates will continue to be raised in order to pay off the bonds.
The Clear Water project will be constructed by December 2014 if all goes according to plan.