GAINESVILLE, TX -- The city of Gainesville is expanding its water treatment plant. They say their plans will actually help conserve groundwater and hopefully draw new businesses to Cooke County.
The city of Gainesville is doubling the size of their water treatment plant and increasing their output of surface water from one million gallons and day to two million.
"We need every drop that we can get. There's so many people right now that are hurting for water," said Mark Mask, water production supervisor for the city of Gainesville.
Water pressure and volume is scarce along FM 1201, 1202 and highway 82. Which not only causes a problem for fire protection, but limits the number of new businesses that can be built in the northwest part of the city.
"A lot of it is we are growing in different areas and specifically where most of our growth is actually commercial businesses and industrial businesses," said Barry Sullivan, Gainesville city manager.
That's why the city is putting in new pipelines along these roads to carry more water to the areas that need it.
"Water is getting scarce in a lot of different places. But we get the surface water here at Moss Lake that has been ready for us to use," said Mask.
The new expansion project will use more water from Moss Lake, the city's main water source, to help conserve ground water for people in rural areas with personal wells.
City officials say since the drought hasn't really affected lake levels, they're comfortable moving forward with the expansion plans.
The city also plans to become a main water source for the entire county.
"This is the reasoning plan for Gainesville to become a regional water supplier in Cooke County and be able to sell to surrounding communities and to the different water districts in the area," said Sullivan.
The expansion project is more than 50% completed and is expected to be finished some time in May.
The growth of the water plant, with a price tag of $7,000,000 comes at no additional cost to the taxpayers.
"100% of the funding for this project comes from the water and sewer fund and that it totally supported by the fees people for their water and sewer bill," said Sullivan.