KILLEEN, TX — Tuesday night, Killeen City Council voted to start using recycled water to water the city's golf course.
The switch is a part of the city's effort to become more "eco-friendly". By using less treated water, there will be more water available for consumption down the road. The council approved a contract to use up to two million gallons of water per day of reuse water, with the option of up to eight million gallons of water a day.
Mayor Dan Corbin says it takes about 400,000 to 500,000 gallons of water per day to water the golf course. By recycling water, the city will cut its costs by about 70 percent. Currently, Corbin says the city pays $0.61 per thousand gallons for the water. Under the new plan, the city will pay $0.18 per thousand gallons.
"It's also a movement to be more green and more friendly to the economy and to conserve water because we can water the golf course without having to use any of our raw water allocation because we're using the sewage affluent," said Corbin.
The city will have to spend $950,000 initially to build the infrastructure to be able to irrigate the golf course. The water will come from the sewage treatment plant, on 38th Street.