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Water Treatment Plant 4 renamed

Monday, May 14, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Eight years ago, after much discussion and strong opinions from the public, Water Treatment Plant 4 was finally installed on Lake Travis. However, its name never changed and remained a reminder of the contentious circumstances that surrounded its construction. On Aug. 3 of last year, City Council decided that the time had come to bestow a new appellation upon the facility and recommended renaming Water Treatment Plant 4 to the Berl L. Handcox Sr. Water Treatment Plant. Since then, the Public Works Department received six additional name recommendations from the public, which the Water and Wastewater Commission was also required to consider. At its May 9 meeting, the Water and Wastewater Commission voted unanimously and without hesitation to recommend the name Council suggested. The Environmental Commission will weigh in next at its meeting on May 16.

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