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PUBLIC FACILITIES OVERVIEW: The city plans, maintains and invests in the infrastructure, facilities, services, personnel, and equipment required to meet projected needs and opportunities to accommodate growth. This section includes updated information regarding electric, water, wastewater, sanitation, police, ﬁre, parks, K-12 education, and higher education related to the city’s growth and development patterns.
ELECTRIC: College Station’s primary electric provider is College Station Utilities, which is a wholesale power purchaser and does not have generation capabilities. Power is supplied by American Electric Power and the City of Garland from plants located around Texas.
WATER: College Station’s water system is rated superior by the state and has received awards for outstanding operations and maintenance from the Environmental Protection Agency.
WASTEWATER: The City of College Station uses reclaimed water for irrigation at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex, which saves about 25 million gallons of drinking water each year. The city also has rainwater harvesting cisterns at the CSU Meeting and Training Facility, Beachy Central Park, and the Lick Creek Park Nature Center.
SOLID WASTE: The Cities of Bryan and College Station joined in 1990 to create the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency. BVSWMA operates from the Twin Oaks Landﬁll on Highway 30 in Grimes County. In 2011, the old Rock Prairie Landﬁll closed after reaching its capacity.
PARKS AND RECREATION: The City of College Station provides parks and recreational opportunities through its Parks and Recreation Department, whose mission is “to provide a diversity of facilities and leisure services that are geographically and demographically accessible.” The department is responsible for the design, construction, and operation of park facilities along with the development and implementation of recreation programs.
POLICE: About 96 percent of respondents in the 2016 citizen survey reported feeling safe in their neighborhoods. The College Station Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas A&M Police Department, federal law enforcement agencies, Brazos County Sheriff’s Department, and the constables and Justice of the Peace courts have jurisdiction in College Station.
FIRE: The College Station Fire Department provides prevention, suppression, advanced life support, emergency medical services and transport, community risk reduction programs, and special operations along with Advanced Life Support to the southern half of Brazos County and fire suppression to the Texas A&M campus. The department has 141 ﬁreﬁghter/paramedics on shift and 19 sworn and civilian administrators.
PUBLIC K-12 EDUCATION: As College Station’s population has surged, the school district has grown accordingly. Since the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan in 2009, several school facilities have opened or are under construction, including four elementary schools and one each at the intermediate, middle, and high school levels.
HIGHER EDUCATION: College Station is home to Texas A&M University, a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. During the 2016-2017 school year, 16,513 degrees were awarded at the baccalaureate, masters, doctoral, and professional levels.