On Feb. 20, the Pearland City Council will consider amending a preconstruction contract and authorizing a design contract for the Barry Rose Water Reclamation Facility expansion project.

The project consists of expanding the Barry Rose WRF and the decommissioning of the Longwood WRF. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulations require the start of engineering planning when wastewater facilities reach 75% capacity. The meeting agenda states the city is on track to meet these requirements.

The construction contract awarded to McCarthy Building Companies in August 2020 consists of preconstruction work on the Barry Rose and Longwood facilities. At the upcoming meeting, the council will consider awarding Freese and Nichols Inc. a contract for design services.

This project is part of the city’s many water infrastructure improvement projects that are making headway this year. The city moved to raise its water rates to fund the infrastructure improvements, some of which include the Barry Rose project and the city’s new water treatment plant. City officials said the projects are necessary to meet the demands of the growing city.