The project will replace Galveston Island's main wastewater treatment plant. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday on the island's new $75 million wastewater plant. The facility will replace the old plant which took a beating after Ike. The plant suffered a complete failure and was out of service for six days.
"We're building it on the exact site of the old one that works now. The new one will be resilient and will withstand the next hurricane and will withstand the next flood and it will with stand a 500 year storm," said Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski.
The wastewater treatment plant will serve about 70 percent of Galveston Island. Those entities served by the plant include UTMB, the Port of Galveston and wharves, and a majority of public schools.