Construction has officially started on a $144 million expansion to Pflugerville's surface water treatment plant that will nearly double the plant's capacity.

The city held a groundbreaking event March 2, where city officials and representatives from various organizations spoke on the project.

Funding for the expansion comes from a variety of sources, including $24 million from the Texas Water Development Board and $52 million from a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan.

Established in 2014, WIFIA is a federal credit program for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Andrew Sawyers, director of the office of wastewater management for the Environmental Protection Agency, said the loan is the first WIFIA loan ever distributed for a project in Texas.

When complete, the project will expand the plant's treatment capacity from 17 million gallons per day to 30 million. Pflugerville Public Utilities Director Brandon Pritchett said the expanded capacity will allow Pflugerville to keep up with the projected water demand through 2040.

“This plant was originally constructed in 2005 during a similar period of rapid growth for the city,” Pritchett said. “We hope that this project is one that serves the city of Pflugerville and our residents for years to come.”

The completion of the project is expected in 2026.