The Prosper Town Council discussed the location of a new water storage tank and pump station at the town council meeting on March 14.

Hulon Webb, executive director of development and community services, presented the council with the pros and cons of four total site location options, two of which were featured as the best options. The first of the two options, located on Richland Boulevard and Prosper Commons Boulevard, will cost a projected $41.8 million for initial capital, future capital and 50 years of pumping. The second option, located on Custer Road at the current water tank and pump site for the town, will cost a projected $48.7 million.

“(The first option is) closer to the pressure plane, so there are costs benefits of pumping with the electrical (costs),” Webb said. “The 50-year pumping cost would be less than the Custer station.”

Town Manager Harlan Jefferson said the town needs more water lines to accommodate the growth of Prosper. Another storage tank and pumping station will also help provide water services to the west side of town.

“We just have one line extended (to the west side of town) now,” Jefferson said. “At a certain point when we have certain customers, we need additional lines … If one of them goes out of service, we have another one and that should help with our fire-fighting services.”

There are pros and cons to both of the tank and pump station options. The Richland Boulevard and Prosper Commons Boulevard site is closer to the pressure plane, which would save the town about $7 million over a 50-year span, but there are additional capital costs to constructing and maintaining a new pump station. The Custer Road Pump Station site has existing pumping infrastructure that can be used, but the cost of electricity to pump water to the west side of Prosper is higher.

“The aesthetics of going anywhere but Custer Road Pump Station is really a con, (but the Richland Boulevard and Prosper Commons Boulevard site has a) savings of $7 million over a 50-year span,” Webb said.

Webb plans to present design contracts to the town council at the March 28 council meeting. From there, the process will probably take several months for design. Construction contracts will be approved in spring or summer of 2018, Webb said, and after that, the construction process will take about another 18 months until completion.