The Water Plant staff consists of a superintendent and three Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) certified surface water treatment operators. Daily operations include grounds maintenance of the plant, ten pump stations and storage tanks, taking and maintaining paperwork on distribution chlorine, flushing, TOC Pb/Cu and nitrite/nitrate sampling for TCEQ, maintaining lab operations and analysis for process control: maintaining all mechanical components, chemical dosage, and recording all required data for reporting to state and government agencies.
Goals and Objectives
- Provide a safe, odorless, palatable, and continuous water supply for the public.
- Respond to customer complaints in a courteous and professional manner.
- Continue to enhance the appearance of all the plant facilities.
- Continue to improve, upgrade, replace, and modernize the existing equipment.
- Provide support for the other departments.
- Comply with all State, City, and Government regulations.
- Submit all required documentation to the regulating authorities.
- Record and maintain all daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly water analysis and lab results.
What We Accomplished in 2021-2022
- Completed diver inspections on all storage tanks and all four clear-wells at the plant. Clean 1/3 of tanks inside.
- Continued to provide safe public drinking water.
- All TCEQ documentation completed and submitted on time.
- All operators have a "C" license or better/
- All operators have attended continuing education classes.
- Finished renovation project on the 200,000-gallon 1963 water storage tank at Via Viejo.
- Engineer in the renovation project for the raw water intake including a new generator.
- Refurbished the lMG elevated storage tank at by the Scott and White clinic/hospital.
- Passed TCEQ Inspection January 2022.
- Replaced both 40-year-old alum tanks.
- Replaced 40-year-old rollup door on the chemical room at the water plant.
- Replaced the emergency raw water flow meter with one that can be integrated into the new SCADA system.
- Installed new 500-pound propane take and 140,000 BTU heater at Flat Rock elevated.
- Running increased Lead and Copper sampling due to adding the Earthtec QZ at raw water for the zebra mussels.
What We Plan to Accomplish in 2022-2023
- Perform diver inspections and cleaning on 1/3 of storage tanks and diver inspections on all to set up a rotational basis to clean tanks.
- Install Generators per senate bill 390 at all water substations at Via Viejo with one sized properly to run all the equipment.
- Provide professionalism, by actions and training so that the staff can stay current and knowledgeable on the ever-changing rules and regulations in the water industry.
- Continue to provide safe drinking water and maintain our "Superior" water system rating.
- Keep an open-door policy and encourage tours of the plant.
- Train and educate all employees to be able to become better operators.
- Start the mitigation project to renovate the raw water intake and move it out of the flood plain.
- Convert from the Data Flow System (old SCADA) to the new Ignition SCADA system.
- Purchase a new 48" commercial mower. Move the 17-year-old Gravely mover to backup and retire the Arians riding mower.
- Stain the cedar fence at the water plant.
- Rehabilitate the Mormon Mill Elevated storage tank.