Inspection reveals sludge in water tanks
Jimmy Alvarez, the new water superintendent in Floresville, examines the accumulation of sediment found in one of the city’s water storage tanks. The tanks were flushed and cleaned, and will be inspected on a regular basis in the future, he said.
Wilson County NewsJanuary 3, 2007 5,356 views 6 comments
Health hazard averted, cleanup cost of $8,540
FLORESVILLE -- Jimmy Alvarez, the recently hired water superintendent for Floresville, noticed that an unusually high amount of chlorine was being added to the water supply in two of the city’s three wells.
The water was still safe to drink, but Alvarez made further inquiries and found that the city’s water tanks had not been inspected in years. He hired U.S. Underwater Services from Burleson to inspect the system.
The inspection revealed a serious accumulation of sediment, which was flushed out. Samples of the sediment were taken for laboratory testing, and no health hazard was found.
In a report to interim City Manager Andy Joslin, Alvarez said “The contents in the tanks were headed for septicity. Once septic, monies would be required to disinfect, flush, and fill the tank, and include taking bacteriological samples, in order to put the tanks back in service.”
Floresville has three ground storage tanks and two elevated tanks. The ground tanks hold 250,000 to 350,000 gallons. The elevated tanks hold 81,000 gallons.
The inspection and cleaning cost $8,540. Floresville Councilman Frank Villarreal praised Alvarez for his prompt attention to the problem, “and he got us a good price. The company originally bid the job at $12,000, but Alvarez knows the water business, and he worked it down to $8,540,” Villarreal said.
The amount of chlorine added to the water supply has returned to normal levels. Other parts of the system will also require inspection, according to Villarreal, but the water tanks will be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis in the future.
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