Enrique Salinas III and Ray Newmyer told City Council members, during a Sept. 17 meeting, that their product, AquaLuxus (Well Clean), cannot only improve the quality of water in a well but also increase its flow.
Salinas said the product helps maintain the longevity of a well and improve the level of clarity while reducing maintenance costs by reducing scaling and corrosion in the well pumps and pipes.
Newmyer said he had been rehabilitating wells for 40 years, and the most significant problem he has had was extending the life of the well.
He told the council that he first used AquaLuxus on his own well in southern Colorado, and he found the product to be phenomenal. Newmyer said the product doesn’t kill the bacteria that like to grow in wells, but it creates an atmosphere in the well so that bacteria no longer want to live there.
The well expert said he has been trying to get the federal government to recommend using the product to sterilize well water and to get away from requiring the use of chloride, which he called a carcinogen.
“There’s no more water being made,” Newmyer said. “But there are more people.”
He told the council that it is not costly to rehabilitate a well using AquaLuxus.
He said he had learned that the council has considered building a reverse osmosis plant to treat well water, but he cautioned that maintenance on an RO plant is critical and it is expensive. Then there is the expense of discarding the by-product left from filtering water in an RO plant.
Newmyer said that rehabilitating a well with AquaLuxus is much less expensive than drilling a new well.
Councilman George P. “Trace” Morrill III asked Newmyer how deep a well could be treated with the product, and the well expert said he had treated wells up to 2,000 feet deep.
Morrill then asked Newmyer about the oldest well he had rehabilitated with AquaLuxus, and he said he had used the product on some wells that were at least 50 years old.
Mayor David Carabajal wanted to know how long a treatment would last on a well before another would be needed, and Newmyer said some have been good for three years.
“The jury is still out on how long it lasts because I’ve only been doing this three years,” Newmyer said. He said the product also has removed dissolved solids, which could help alleviate problems in Beeville’s deeper wells.
Newmyer told Councilman Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez that he had used the product on many municipal wells.
The expert said the product costs $60 a gallon, and the application of it requires traditional well service equipment because the well would need to be agitated.
He said the amount of the product that would be required would depend on the size of the well.
Carabajal said the company should provide the city staff with a proposal on its costs to service the city’s wells, and he asked the council to take no action.
Council members also took no action on seeking an expert to review proposals on how to implement a system to provide alternative water sources for the city.
Martinez said the city staff should obtain proposals on the costs of projects before deciding on hiring someone to review the proposals.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.