Leaders in the city of Boerne cut the ribbon on a $25 million state-of-the-art waste water treatment and water recycling plant Thursday.
The plant is the largest capital investment in the city's history.
It will produce Boerne's 4th source of water, which will be used to irrigate city parks, ball fields, future residential and commercial lawns, cemeteries and landscaping.
The creation of the new center is just one step toward positioning Boerne for growth. The population of the city stands at about 12,000, and the new waste water plant has been built to handle a population of 38,000 to 40,000.
"The growth that Boerne is experiencing is coming in two different areas," said Mike Schultz, the mayor of Boerne. "It's coming from our residential area, people moving into the area, but it also is a result of our commercial demand, and the number of people that want to bring their businesses to Boerne."
Purple pipe has already been laid in target growth areas of the city and more will be added as more customers come online. The city currently has 4,500 waste water customers.
For residents concerned about the possibility of sewer odors, city leaders are assuring people not to worry. The three-story structure housing the treatment technology and equipment is designed to contain virtually all of the typical smells.