Sealy breaks ground on treatment plant

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At least two years will pass before the project will be finalized, but Sealy city officials already are celebrating the construction of a new $15.6 million wastewater treatment plant.

“This is an important milestone,” said Public Works Director Mark Pulos, who also serves as the plant’s superintendent. “We’re finally getting this project up and moving. It will serve us well.”

The city’s existing treatment plant is 32 years old, which is well past its life span without major rehab, Pulos said.

“It just aged out,” he said. “The existing plant will run until the new one is ready to go then they will switch over the lines and connect everything together. Then they demolish the old one.”

The project is contracted to Brenham-based O’Malley Strand Associates Inc.

The facility collects all the sanitary waste from businesses and homes in Sealy and treats the water and discharges it into Allen’s Creek. It ultimately ends up in the Brazos River.

“It’s a major undertaking,” Pulos said. “It’s a matter of necessity. You have to have this. It’s in an industrial area so it’s not going to impact any residents.”

In other matters this week, the Sealy City Council announced Monday evening that it has narrowed its city manager search to five finalists. Although officials previously suggested the possibility of a public reception to meet the finalists, that idea was shot down by the council. Finalist names will be released toward the end of this week.

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