City of Laredo to Build New Sewer Tunnel to Divert Wastewater Flows from Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (Source: Underground Construction)

Jan 29, 2021

By UC Staff

The City of Laredo is building a new sewer tunnel to divert wastewater flows from its existing Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

The Zacate Creek WWTP receives and treats an average flow of 11 million gallons per day (MGD) from residential, commercial and industrial areas. It is the City’s oldest plant and has high operational costs. The plant is also located in a flood plain. Consequently, the City is planning to phase out and decommission the plant.

The new 42-inch tunnel, which will span approximately 12,000 linear feet, will transfer approximately 7 MGD to The Southside WWTP. The tunnel will collect the wastewater flows coming into the Zacate WWTP plant and convey it to the 54-inch Chacon Creek interceptor. From the Chacon Creek interceptor, the wastewater flows will be conveyed to the City’s Southside WWTP for treatment. The capacity at the Southside WWTP is 18 MGD. Currently the City is only treating 7 MGD at the plant. When the tunnel project and the Manadas Creek WWTP, which is currently under construction, is completed, the Zacate Plant will be decommissioned.

“This tunnel is the most important part of closing the 60-plus-year-old Zacate Plant,” said Riazul Mia, assistant city manager at the City of Laredo.