Expansion proposed for Sherman's water treatment plant

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SHERMAN, TX -- The demand for water is increasing steadily in Sherman and in a special meeting Wednesday, the city council reviewed options for expanding the city's water treatment plant to accommodate future growth.

As Sherman's demand for water grows the city's water department is proposing an expansion to the water treatment plant.

Sherman Director of Utilities Mark Gibson said, "The staff definitely feel's it's necessary we wouldn't bring a wish list to the council."

Gibson presented a report to the city council Wednesday.

He says surface water from Lake Texoma, not groundwater, is how Sherman's water use will expand and the plant will need extra capacity to treat more water.

Gibson said, "Planning process takes several years to get something up and running so we don't have a gap in there when we're behind the curve."

Currently, the plant has the capacity to treat 10 million gallons a day for residents and businesses using a conventional treatment process.

Gibson added, "We're proposing in the future to go with a microfiltration process followed by reverse osmosis."

Gibson says that system would be more efficient and take up less space at the plant.

Using the new filtration system with the current one the plant would be able to double its treatment capacity.

The expansion Gibson, recommended to the council, would cost just over 15 million dollars. Assistant City Manager Robby Heffton says if expansion is approved, residents would see a small increase in their water bills.

Heffton said, "If there would be an increase because of this project then we would try to stabilize the rate so that the increase would be spread out over time."

Once approved, It would take three years to complete the expansion.