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Failed pumps causing issues
by Gary Kent
Feb 11, 2013 | 1946 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — The City of Beeville is negotiating with a water pump manufacturer over a warranty agreement after two pumps at the raw water intake structure failed.

City Manager Deborah Ballí said the Beeville Water Supply District board met on Jan. 29 at City Hall to discuss the predicament.

Engineer Stephen Grunewald of Urban Engineering was at the meeting to explain that Layne Christensen is saying that the warranty should be void because of the pumping conditions at the raw water intake structure at the Nueces River west of Swinney Switch.

The city paid $191,000 to purchase three pumps and have them installed at the structure about six months ago.

However, one pump failed about four months ago, and it was being repaired when, recently, a second pump quit working.

Ballí said the company still has not decided whether it will honor the warranties.

In other business, the board voted to continue paying more than $10,000 a week for a backup pump at the raw water intake structure.

The board discussed alternate water sources and how to maintain the existing pumps at the intake structure, as well as a possible request to the Texas Legislature to seek a change in the BWSD’s charter that would allow the district to sell bonds to finance repairs to the city’s surface water system.

The board also asked Grunewald to draw up a list of possible projects to finance through a potential bond election being planned by the City Council.

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