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The City of Granbury is in the process of upgrading their wastewater system through a two-phase Wastewater System Improvements Project. The Project is comprised of upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), construction of a new WWTP, and various wastewater collection system improvements.
While upgrades to the existing south plant have begun, the construction of the new East WWTP has been delayed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). On Oct. 25, 2021, the TCEQ Commission referred the permit application to the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) for a contested case hearing on 13 issues. At the conclusion of this contested case hearing, the Judges for SOAH ruled in favor of the City on all 13 issues and recommended the TCEQ Commission issue the permit without amendments.
Due to this delay associated with the SOAH contested hearing, on Dec. 14, 2020 the City was forced to enact a moratorium within the City limits and portions of the extraterritorial jurisdiction to limit development within this area. During their Sept. 20, 2022 meeting, Granbury City Council voted to extend the moratorium until Oct. 4, 2023.
This moratorium limits additional demand being added to an already overburdened wastewater system. The new developments will place the existing wastewater treatment plant at its capacity of 2 million gallons per day. Once the East WWTP is constructed and operational, the system issues will be resolved.
A TCEQ decision on the permit status of the East WWTP is on the October 5, 2022 TCEQ meeting draft agenda. You may join the meeting by computer at https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar with ID number 887-618-571, or by phone at 562-247-8422, access code 615-278-887.