Mineral Wells looks at reverse osmosis plant

A reverse osmosis treatment plant built to treat Brazos River water is one of two options city officials will soon have to decide between to keep Mineral Wells supplied with water, as a lengthy drought drains Lake Palo Pinto, the city’s primary water supply.

In a preliminary review released this month, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality determined the city could build a reverse osmosis plant without detriment to water quality or habitat in the Brazos River, said Scott Blasor, secretary/treasurer for the Palo Pinto Municipal Water District 1 water board, which oversees raw water sales from the lake.

The Mineral Wells Index said the reverse osmosis plant would supply water indefinitely for the city and would cost approximately $2.6 million to build. Annual operations costs would run around $4.6 million for equipment rentals, power and water.

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