The City of Keller has begun construction on the North Keller Sanitary Sewer Extension Project.
It will extend the city sewage system to the northern parts of Keller, which will allow for the deactivation of septic tanks. The project consists of two phases:
• Phase I (PDF) – Katy Road: Katy Road from Caylor Road to Big Bear Creek. (Complete)
• Phase II (PDF) – Phase II includes two project areas in North Keller that are noted as Big Bear East Collectors and Marshall Branch East Collectors. The proposed sanitary sewer lines to be installed are drawn on the Phase II map.
Phase II Progress Update
|Marshall Branch East Collectors:
Big Bear East Collectors:
Contractor: Kodiak Trenching and Boring
City of Keller contractors adhere to safety protocols established by state law regarding the marking of underground utilities and do their best to avoid impacting those utilities throughout their work. Please note that the only underground utilities maintained by the City of Keller are water and sewer lines; those are also the only utilities for which city staff have records and to which they may respond. Any impact to other utilities, including electricity, gas, phone or internet will be handled by the contractor in partnership with the appropriate third-party vendor.
Public meetings to discuss this project were held June 20, 2013; July 26, 2012; and Sept. 22, 2011.
The total estimated construction cost of the project is $5,835,000. An application for financial assistance for the project has been filed with the Texas Water Development Board, P.O. Box 13231 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711-3231.
The average estimated monthly residential sewer bill is $34.44 and the average estimated monthly water bill is $68.39. The current fees to be paid by a new residential sewer customer prior to connection to the system are a tap fee of $350, a sewer impact fee of $850 and a $50 deposit.
1. Will it be mandatory for me to hook up to the sewer system or will I be allowed to continue to stay hooked up to my own septic system?
Answer: It will not be mandatory for the adjacent homeowners to tie onto the public sewer, but there will be an incentive for you to tie on in the first two years after the project is completed and sewer is operational (Item 4 in Resolution No. 3119). Currently, the connection fee (also called tap fee) is $350.
2. If I stay on my septic system, will I still have to pay the connection fees new residential sewer customers pay prior to connection (tap fee of $350, a sewer impact fee of $850 and a $50 deposit)?
3. Do the above costs include getting a service line from my home to the sewer line in the street? If not, approximately how much will that cost?
Answer: No. The cost for the property owner to install a sanitary sewer service line depends on the distance from your existing sewer line coming out of your house and the proposed public sewer stubout. Also, you will need to decommission the septic system, which includes taking the top off the septic tank(s) and filling it with good, clean sand/dirt in accordance with state and county requirements. It's suggested that you call a reputable plumber to get an accurate estimate.
4. Will the installation people be responsible for getting my grounds and sprinkler systems back in working order at no additional cost to us?
Answer: Yes. The area that is disturbed to install the new sanitary sewer mains and service stubouts will be restored by the contractor. Any damage to a property owner’s sprinkler system will be repaired by the contractor installing the new mains. Any damage done by your contractor/plumber installing your new service line between the public service stubout and your house is your responsibility to repair, not the city’s.
5. Some of us have wells that are used to sprinkle our lawns. Will this affect our ability to continue to do so?
6. I have city water now and pay a water bill now. Will my water bills rise; and if so, for what reason?
Answer: The water bill will only increase if you tie onto public sewer. The increase on the water bill will be for public sewer service, not an increase in the water charges. The rates for water service may increase in the future, but not because of the new sanitary sewer being installed in your area.
7. If I choose to stay on my present septic system, will I be able to change my mind a year or two later and get added to the sewer system? If yes, will there be additional costs that I should be aware of?
Answer: You will be able to tie on whenever you decide to. There will be no added cost, except the connection fee will not be waived after the two-year period (see answer to number 1). Be aware, the sewer impact fee and sewer tap fee could increase in the future at City Council direction.
8. Why did the city not extend the sanitary sewer to my home?
Answer: The city was approved for a Clean Water State Revolving Loan by the Texas Water Development Board. The loan amount is $5.8 million and cannot provide new sanitary sewer service to all areas of North Keller that do not have public sewer service. Sewer lines were extended in the most densely populated areas of North Keller in accordance with previous study findings.