SALADO, Texas (July 28, 2021) – Bell County Water Control & Improvement District held a ribbon cutting for the Stillhouse Water Treatment Plant today, alongside leaders that included Killeen mayor Jose Segarra and city council members Jessica Gonzalez and Michael Boyd.
“This is going to be a tremendous impact on the city, especially with ours because one of the things that’s the biggest concern of any community is growth and how to you plan for it and water, I would say, is the top -- the number one thing -- is how you prepare for growth,” Segarra said. “Being able to provide an extra ten million gallons for the city of Killeen is so important, especially now as we have this tremendous growing spurt.”
There will be ten million more gallons of drinking water a day for Killeen residents, thanks to the completion of the nearly $40 million plant.
Overall the plant can produce 17 million gallons of water a day to serve central and west Bell County, along with a portion of Coryell County and Killeen owns a portion of about 58% of the $60 million project (10/17ths of the 17 million gallon per day capacity).
Bell County WCID #1 provides wholesale water service to Fort Hood, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, Nolanville and 439 Water Supply Corporation. Until this facility was completed, all of the treated surface water provided to the wholesale customers came from the Lake Belton Water Treatment Plant. The cities of Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove, along with WCID 3 (Nolanville) and 439 Water Supply Corporation provided funds for this facility.
The water diverted from Lake Stillhouse Hollow into the treatment facility is made possible through agreements and water rights with the Brazos River Authority. Planning efforts began around 2007.
“What we’re doing is providing water for our citizens in the future,” Rob Robinson, president of the Board of Directors for WCID #1 said.
Ricky Garrett P.E., General Manager, Bell County WCID #1