Debra Grandjean

Stop the Stench and Start Cordillera Sewer Expansion

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Cordillera Ranch sewer plant is out of capacity!

Cordillera's wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) was issued 3 alleged violations in August 2021 by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The key alleged violation was because construction of plant expansion is not underway when the WWTP has been operating above 90% capacity for 3 consecutive months.

As a result, our Cordillera residents must endure ongoing stench, annoying loud vacuum truck noise and excessive wear on residential streets from over 270 heavy (40-ton) vacuum trucks as they rumble past homes sometimes several times a day. This affects all Cordillera residents, not just the 400 sewer paying customers.

This capacity issue has required over 1,350,000 gallons of sludge in FY 2021 to be hauled to offsite facilities to be processed. Each pump and haul truck causes tremendous stench, noise and excessive wear on our streets, not to mention the expense. This has to STOP!

Why are we in this situation? Because the plant owner (Cordillera Developer) has not made timely capital investments in a WWTP expansion even though flow reports have indicated since last year they were reaching permitted capacity. AND GBRA continued to add new sewer connections (homes) to the near-capacity system.

There will be an interim capacity solution applied soon to relieve some pressure on the WWTP, but it is a bandaid. The final phase expansion project needs to get underway ASAP. Once they are issued a permit to start construction, it will still be almost a year to completion.

Please sign this petition and add your address (under comments) if you support:

  1. Asking Cordillera Developer to immediately start construction on the WWTP final phase expansion project, AND
  2. Asking GBRA to stop adding any more sewer connections that would require using vacuum trucks to keep the WWTP at permitted levels.

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