Hewitt City Council is issuing more than $8.5 million in certificates of obligation for water and wastewater repairs that will require an increase to residents’ water and sewer rates. Without previous rate adjustments, the city was unable to put away funds for capital improvements, leaving major damage to the water and wastewater infrastructure. About $3.8 million of that total is a required payment to the Waco Metropolitan Area Regional Sewerage System for its $42 million capital improvement project. The city is a part of the regional system, a joint wastewater treatment effort among the cities of Bellmead, Hewitt, Lacy Lakeview, Lorena, Robinson, Waco and Woodway. The projects included have been on the city’s long-term capital improvements plan. Proposed work includes about $150,000 to decommission the aging Dane Lift Station; about $1.7 million for Interstate 35 waterline improvements; $130,000 for a sewer line extension; $580,000 to replace the sewer line near Travis Lake and Oklahoma Avenue; $1.6 million to remove the aging Conventry Lift Station; and $650,000 to replace the Black Diamond Lift Station.
Reminder Hewitt residents: On October 17th the Brush and Bulk collection site will be open to drop off large amounts of brush or large items like stumps, old chairs, etc. Each person will have to provide a current Hewitt water bill.
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