Construction bids are expected in January for a water infrastructure project that will benefit an expanding housing development and the city.

The $1.66 million project will construct a 16-inch water line that will run about a quarter of a mile, a 300,000-gallon, elevated storage tank, and a pump station in the area of Skyline and Colorado drives, said Wesley Wright, city engineer.

This project will allow the city to provide water to the future Mesa Verde subdivision, phases II and III, but also "will provide pressure and flow improvements to the city's water system," Wright said.

While the Copperas Cove City Council has not committed the funds officially, the project is laid out through a development and annexation agreement between the city and the property developers, Mesa Verde Partners.

The agreement also calls for the developer to donate land to the city for the placement of infrastructure as well as a future 1.2 million-gallon water tank.

"We do not have a target date for the 1.2 (million-gallon) tank at this time," said Wright. "It's most likely more than three years out."

According to city documents, phase 2 of the development will make room for 61 residential lots, some of which currently can't be served by the city's water system. A portion of this development also isn't within city limits.

The development and annexation agreement gives the city the right to accept a voluntary annexation of the land once the infrastructure is installed. It also states, the subdivision ultimately will have no more than 120 lots.

Jimmy Clark, with Mesa Verde Partners, told the council earlier this month the development will build $300,000 to $350,000 homes on each lot, and it will take about two to three years to fill each subdivided property.

Wright said the new subdivision phases have yet to be platted with the city, but he expects the development and installation of the infrastructure will take place simultaneously.

According to the agreement, the city also will have control over the development standards for the land and see increased property tax revenues from future homes