For the first time, the community of about 1,000 residents and business owners will have treated water from the Beeville Water Supply District and the City of Beeville.
Linda Unger, owner and manager of the water system, said the system will go from its current ability to serve 138 metered connections to a system capable of supporting more than 500 residential and commercial connections.
For nearly 10 years, the water system in the community west of the city limits has struggled with rising levels of naturally occurring arsenic levels in the water.
Unger approached the city years ago to ask if her water system could tap into the 18-mile water line that runs right by the development.
The line brings water to the city’s storage tanks from the BWSD’s George P. Morrill, I Water Treatment Plant at Swinney Switch.
Although most water sources in this part of Texas have some levels of arsenic, rising levels in the wells used by Blueberry Hill prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to require that the element be removed to a level that would meet its requirement for safe drinking water.
“Plans had been in place for some time to construct a connection to Beeville’s surface water supply and purchase water from the city through a wholesale contract,” Unger said.
She hired Wauters Engineering of San Antonio and Thunhoff Construction Engineers of Austin to do the work and make some repairs of the existing system.
Unger said that project has been completed.
“Contaminated groundwater is now a thing of the past for the fast-growing community,” Unger said. The challenge now is to notify residents and potential customers in the service area that clean water is now available through retail or commercial connections.
Unger said public water systems are tested periodically for all elements and contaminants to ensure their safety. Well water often contains arsenic, nitrates, pesticides, volatile organic compounds and other trace contaminants.
The water system manager urges all Blueberry Hill residents and businesses to contact Mary Lou Wright at 361-354-4276 or visit http://blueberryhilltexas.com/blueberry-hill-water-works.html for information on getting connected to the new system.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.