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Abilene water projects moving forward, ordinances for recreational vehicles revamped

By Cassandra Webb, cwebb@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 23 2013 12:02:07 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 24 2013 07:17:15 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

The Abilene City Council on Thursday approved moving forward with an effort to partner with Midland and San Angelo to explore ways the cities can work together to meet the region’s water needs.

This is a long-term project, three years in the making.

Council members also voted to establish the funding source for the $65 million water reuse project that will upgrade the Hamby Wastewater Treatment Facility.Treated. Effluent wastewater will ultimately be piped back into Lake Fort Phantom. The project will increase Abilene residents' water bills by a few dollars every month.

The Abilene City Council also voted to update ordinances for RV/travel trailer parks.

The revamped ordinances would allow larger vehicles to stay for longer periods of time at RV parks – up to one year on site.

There are lesser requirements for private trailer parks, too.

Abilene City Manager Larry Gilley said this is a result of changes in the industry.

"They will still have to have restroom facilities, but just not as many or as large because many of the travel trailers and recreational vehicles now have self-contained restroom facilities, so this is really just modernizing, if you will, our ordinances relative to this industry," Gilley said.