KRUM — City officials decided Monday night that they wanted to secure additional funding to pay for a new wastewater treatment plant before awarding the bid for construction of the plant.
At a meeting Monday, the Krum City Council tabled a decision on awarding a bid to build the new treatment plant until a later date. Six contractors submitted bids ranging from $3.7 million to $4 million for the project, which could take an estimated nine to 15 months to complete.
The new wastewater plant is one in a long line of projects related to helping the city improve its sanitary sewer system.
According to city and state documents, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has cited Krum for a few violations, including a number of sanitary sewer overflows.
Krum voluntarily entered into a state program designed to help cities reduce the number of overflows by coming up with measures to improve sewer systems. In 2009, the city released an action plan to work on sewer problems.
Previous improvements include cleaning sewer lines in known problem areas, rehabilitating sewer lines in downtown and replacing a line that runs along East McCart Street.
Officials said the improvements are necessary to address the city’s growing population and to meet state requirements.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.