HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - We all know what happens when we flush our toilets, but where exactly does what we flush go?
Waste from the city of Hudson goes to their Wastewater Treatment Facility, and there are plans in place to expand it thanks to a $410,000 loan from the Texas Water Development Board.
"The system now is permitted for 550,000 gallons [of water] a day. With TCEQ requirements, we can reach within five percent of that," said Robert Smith, Mayor of Hudson.
That figure is for the current facility, and Smith says the city is slightly under that cap. However, with the city growing fast, city equipment needs to grow as well.
"We're being proactive. We know what we're taking in now and it's a little under that so we have something in place to meet those goals and for the future expansion and future growth of Hudson," Smith said.
The city recently purchased land right next to the current facility, which will be home to the new wastewater plant. That plant will hold nearly two times the amount of water at 980,000 gallons and comes with an estimated price tag of $4 million.
"It's kind of apprehensive borrowing $4 million to do the final construction of this, but it's something that had to go in place...it had to be done," Smith said.
Smith said some costs may be passed down to taxpayers.
"There's going to be some effect, but we hope to absorb a lot of it through the growth in Hudson, expansion, and the housing direction, and we'll just have to wait and see what it takes," Smith said.
And while it may sound expensive, Smith said it'll be worth it.
"It's all good news, yes, sir," Smith said.
Smith says the planning and design phase is expected to last through much of this year.