Townsend addressed the intake structure near Swinney Switch at last week’s City Council meeting.
“Some people think the water supply system is Lake Corpus Christi,” Townsend said. “But it’s a combination of two reservoirs and the Nueces River.”
The interim city manager knows something about the way the system works. He was the city manager of Corpus Christi at the time the Choke Canyon Reservoir was built and oversaw the design of the system that serves much of the Coastal Bend.
Fifty-eight acre-feet of water flows each day from Choke Canyon down the Nueces River to Lake Corpus Christi, Townsend told the council.
That is 19 million gallons a day. A lack of water is not the problem at Beeville’s intake structure. The problem is whether the water can get through the silt on the river bed at that location and into the equipment that pumps it to the George P. Morrill, I intake structure at Swinney Switch.
Townsend said the city can ask the expert at Urban Engineering to study the benefits of spending a lot of money to move the intake structure. “But it doesn’t make any sense.”
“That doesn’t mean you don’t need to make modifications to the intake itself,” Townsend said. There are a number of steps the city and Beeville Water Supply District can take to improve the way the structure functions.
One step could involve periodic dredging at the site.
“You only need to separate the water from the silt,” Townsend said. “Urban has come to the same conclusion.”
Townsend also recommended that the contract between the city and BWSD be resolved. He said some changes need to be made in the agreement.
He also suggested that the city work on its water purchase contract with the City of Corpus Christi.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.