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Section A: General News


Inspection reveals sludge in water tanks


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.


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January 3, 2007
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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.

fowens@wcn-online.com
 

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Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
September 2, 2013 2:58pm
 
He got hired for some gig in San Antonio, and then this happened: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?n=jimmy-alvarez&pid=150001883&fhid=8892 But yes, why are we commenting on this situation more ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 31, 2013 8:46pm
 
I doubt it has been cleaned up since the guy they hired has no experience with this type of operation. He was hired because of his relationship to one of our previous mayors. I know this because I got it straight from a guy who ... More ›

 
Eric  
Floresville  
August 31, 2013 7:19pm
 
Small town girl, I do not know but it would not surprise me. This man tried to do the right thing and start cleaning up and maintaining our infrastructure over 5 years ago and was run off because of it. Would you be willing to ... More ›

 
Small Town Girl  
Floresville  
August 31, 2013 1:43pm
 
Why are you bringing this up? Is our water in danger again?

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 31, 2013 12:59pm
 
Eric. I think your right. They then hired a guy with no experience on running this type of operation other then being a relative or friend of Mr Villareal. I think he is still in charge of the place

 
Eric  
Floresville  
August 31, 2013 11:40am
 
If my memory serves me correctly they ran this man out of town for reporting this incident to the proper state agencies.

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