City of Bryan looks to solve water availability concerns using aquifers

Published: Apr. 25, 2017 at 10:21 PM CDT
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The City of Bryan is taking extra steps to make sure there is enough water to go around, as the community continues to grow.

The Statewide Water Plan says the City of Bryan’s water demand will exceed the available supply by 2030. In order to prepare, the city has been working to implement the Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project.

"This project is important to make sure that the residents of Bryan have long term water supplies to meet the Statewide Water Plan, and to meet the needs of our growing community,” said Jayson Barfknecht, Director of Public Works.

In order to meet those needs, the city will use an Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Project. Water will be injected into already existing wells and stored for later use.

"There are other water utilities around the state that are looking at projects that are similar to this, to take advantage of existing infrastructure to do the same thing that we're trying to do,” said Barfknecht.

City of Bryan representatives say the ASR project will save citizens money in the long term. Residents would see a dramatic water rate increase, as much as three times the current rate. That trend would continue, as building more infrastructure would continue to become necessary. Using already existing infrastructure, the city can avoid some maintenance, capital and energy consumption costs, which saves consumers money.

"We're on the cutting edge, I think,” said Barfknecht.

For more information on the project please visit the link in the related links section of this webpage.