Engineer reports to water board on filter rehabilitation work
by Gary Kent
Jun 01, 2012 | 1178 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — The quality of water coming from faucets in Beeville shows signs of improvement.

That was the word from civil engineer Stephen Grunewald of Urban Engineering when he reported to the Beeville Water Supply District board last Wednesday evening.

Grunewald said the first of the rehabilitated filters at the George P. Morrill, I Water Treatment Plant at Swinney Switch is on line as of last week.

The contractor, Payton Construction Inc. of Wimberley, was hired by the BWSD eight months ago to rehabilitate the filters at a cost of $1,385,000.

It is the first time for the sand media in the filters to be rehabilitated since the plant was built 30 years ago.

Grunewald told board members that already the quality of the water coming out of the plant to the city seems to be improved.

The engineer said the contractor is about halfway through with the project, and work has begun on replacing the media in the second filtering bay.

“It should go pretty quickly now,” Grunewald told the board. He said the plant is keeping up with the demand for water in the city.

Of course, Beeville residents are being affected by the 30 percent rule for water usage. That means residents may water lawns only every five days and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Also, no one is allowed to allow water to run down gutters, and all plumbing leaks must be repaired.

Interim City Manager Deborah Ballí told the council that engineer Carl Crull of HDR Engineering, Inc. will attend a workshop session at City Hall on Tuesday, May 29.

In other business, the board voted to approve a payment to Schroeder Engineering for $10,153.92 for services related to a recent bond issue and enter into an agreement with Urban Engineering for services related to another bond issue.

The Urban fee is expected to be about $103,000.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at
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