Murphy City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution opposing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality application for a proposed wastewater treatment facility near the intersection of North Murphy Road and Rolling Ridge Drive in the county, near the cities of Murphy and Parker. 

Several people spoke out about the proposed plant in a hearing at the meeting.

The resolution stated “the discharge route will be from the plant site to Maxwell Creek,” with Maxwell Creek flowing through the city of Murphy. The plant would be near Murphy residential subdivisions. Any inadequately treated wastewater within such creek will “adversely affect the public health, safety and quiet enjoyment of the citizens and visitors of Murphy,” the resolution stated. Additionally, city officials stated they are “highly concerned” regarding the quality of water to be discharged from the proposed wastewater plant and adverse impacts on recreational activities of the residents of Murphy, and “therefore Murphy stands opposed to this new wastewater treatment facility.”

The TCEQ application would authorize the discharge of treated wastewater at a volume not to exceed a daily average flow of 200,000 gallons per day.

After council reconvened from an executive session, it approved having the city manager post information regarding the proposed Parker MUD with the TCEQ permit number and application and link for comments with contact info for state lawmakers from Collin County on the city website and social media pages. Council also directed staff to undertake engineering assessments broadly relating to the TCEQ permit application.  

For more on the meeting, read the Oct. 28 edition of the Murphy Monitor.

By Don Munsch [email protected]