Freese and Nichols assisted the City of Kerrville (population 23,000) in developing a long-term Water Master Plan in 2008 and updated the plan in 2013. As part of the overall study, Freese and Nichols developed a Reuse Master Plan that evaluated the City’s existing reuse system and the City’s ability to provide service to potential reuse water customers. Freese and Nichols identified potential reuse customers and which type of reuse water quality that would be required. Potential customers included City parks, golf courses, universities, homeowners associations and contractors that use water for construction purposes. The reuse system was evaluated for its ability to meet projected reuse demands, maintain adequate reuse water quality and reliability of service. A presentation of the Reuse Master Plan was made to City Council.
After the Reuse Master Plan and subsequent additional reuse water requests from customers, the City and Freese and Nichols performed a feasibility study on developing reuse storage facilities to allow the City to utilize more of their reuse water supply. The City’s reuse water demands had exceeded the supply that was captured during the summer months. The storage facilities captured the winter wastewater treatment plant effluent in order to utilize that volume during the summer high-reuse demand periods. The feasibility study included a geotechnical, environmental and floodplain analysis to identify the volume of storage that was feasible at the selected site, as well as determining regulatory requirements and impacts on the existing reuse infrastructure. The feasibility study report will document the analysis and total project costs for each alternative, and a presentation made to City Council.