Smoke testing set for next week south of A&M campus

Smoke testing set for next week south of A&M campus

College Station Water Services will conduct routine smoke testing next week to evaluate the condition of wastewater lines in the area bounded by Holleman Drive, Wellborn Road, George Bush Drive, and Texas Avenue. The testing will occur between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday. It’s not actually smoke, so it isn’t hazardous. Continue reading Smoke testing set for next week south of A&M campus

Proposed FY16 Budget presented to city council

Proposed FY16 Budget presented to city council

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

It’s no secret that College Station is one of the country’s fastest growing small cities. Our population has increased about 36 percent in the last decade.

Over 103,000 people now call College Station home — and more are on the way. Conservative estimates say we could add another 40,000 residents in the next 10 years, with the student populations at Texas A&M and Blinn College continuing to expand.

With that rapid growth comes a demand for adequate infrastructure and core services related to public safety and parks.

City staff has spent months studying the city’s immediate and long-range needs while consulting with residents and other stakeholder groups. The result is what we consider a responsible FY2016 budget that will help us keep pace with our growth and meet the increased demand for city services we expect in the coming years.

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State of the City (Part 2): Core Services and Infrastructure

This is the second of a six-part series by City Manager David Neeley based on his 2011 State of the City Report.

One of the biggest stories in 2011 was the unprecedented drought and relentless heat that affected the state and placed an ever-increasing strain on utility systems statewide.  Fortunately, due to the hard work of our Electric Utility and Water Services operators — and conservation efforts — the city survived the summer relatively unscathed. 

  • College Station Utilities hit an all-time summer load peak of 204 Megawatts on Aug. 28 and weathered several ERCOT emergencies without any significant system failures during the extreme heat. 
  • Water Services broke the historic monthly usage record in July and broke it again in August with more than 708 million gallons used.  Prior to 2011, the highest monthly usage recorded was 600 million gallons in July 2009.  Despite this, no new record for peak day usage was set and Stage 2 of our Drought Plan was never implemented. 

Twin Oaks Landfill

Following several years of construction and some dispute, the Twin Oaks Landfill operated by BVSWMA, Inc., was opened in June, becoming the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified landfill in operation in the country.  The $20 million landfill will serve College Station, Bryan and the surrounding area for upwards of 100 years given current projected usage. 

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