Planning for the Future (2020 – 2024)
New Braunfels is a fast growing community; repeatedly ranked as the second fastest growing city in the country. In response, NBU has an aggressive capital improvement project plan to build and enhance necessary infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing community and ensure we are prepared to meet the electric, water, and wastewater needs for generations to come.
NBU is investing more than $587 million into 70+ future projects over the next five years
NBU’s featured projects:
Additional Electric Projects
$24.6M – System Extensions
These annual expenditures provide service to accommodate system growth. In FY 2020, NBU estimates electric meter connections to increase by 5.3 percent. It is estimated three miles of distribution overhead primary will be added and 19 miles of underground distribution will be added. Specific system extensions include those within Veramendi, Vintage Oaks, Solms Landing, and other developments
$11.4M – Electric Aging Infrastructure
This ongoing project consists of replacing aging infrastructure within the system. Utility poles, overhead wire, pad-mounted equipment, and underground cable are all included. Upon replacement, construction is to current standards. In particular, newer and technologically superior materials are anticipated to have a greater lifespan and duty cycle. As one example, new underground cable is designed for a minimum 40 -year service life.
Additional Water ProJects
$34.4M – Kuehler Surface Water Treatment Plant Expansion
The NBU Surface Water Treatment Plant (SWTP) currently has a designed capacity of 8.0 million gallons per day (MGD). The proposed expansion will double the plant to provide a total of 16 MGD sustained capacity
$18.4M – Avery Park 30″ Water Main
The Avery Water Main project includes the construction of a 30-inch water main to convey water from NBU’s production facilities near the center of town to the southeastern extent of the water territory at Avery Park. The Main will begin near the intersection of IH 35 and Highway 46 and end at NBU’s Avery Park Elevated Storage Tank.
$12.5M – Weltner Road Ground Storage Tank and Pump Station-Phase I
This two-phase project. A pump station with ground storage facilities will receive and integrate new water supplies into the east side of the NBU water system. Ten thousand acre-feet of water supply that will be delivered to this pump station by 2023.
$11.8 M – Bretzke and Country Hills Ground Storage Tank
$10.2 M – Aquifer Storage and Recovery Program
$7M – Water Plant Pump #5
Additional Wastewater projects
$57.8M – Gruene Wastewater Treatment Plant Relocation and Expansion to the Gruene Water Reclamation Facility
The project will expand the capacity of the Gruene Wastewater Treatment Plant and relocate the facility out of the floodplain. Phase 1 construction is nearing completion and will have a capacity of 2.5 MGD. The project includes odor control, sewer transfer pipe from the Gruene Wastewater Treatment Plant to the new Gruene Water Reclamation Facility, and decommissioning of the Gruene Wastewater Treatment Plant and lift station, and construction of a sewer transfer pipe from the Blieders Creek lift station to the new facility site.
$52.9M – North and South Kuehler Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion
This expansion will increase the total treatment capacity to 9.4 MGD and bring the existing plant into Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) compliance.