Fresh water should flow by early next year

Construction workers have been preparing the ground for concrete work that will serve as the foundation for treatment and pumping equipment for groundwater wells recently drilled on the eastern boundary of the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex.

BEEVILLE – Work on the city of Beeville’s $4.5 million groundwater project at the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex is getting closer to completion.

City Manager Joe B. Montez and Director of Public Works Albert Bridge visited the location where four groundwater wells have been drilled last week.

The two city officials checked on the progress of the San Antonio-based Gonzalez-De La Garza and Associates construction company work on building pump stations, water treatment equipment, a 250,000-gallon ground storage tank and pipeline connections to an existing five-mile pipeline that will carry well water to the city.

The city manager said water should be flowing from Chase Field to Beeville by early 2020.

Montez said the project should be completed and be capable of sending up to 1.4 million gallons of groundwater to the city a day.

City street workers have been building an access road to the wells and other facilities on the far east side of the former naval air station.

Currently, the Beeville Water Supply District pays the city of Corpus Christi $1.03 per 1,000 gallons for the raw water it pumps from the Nueces River to the district’s George P. Morrill, I Water Treatment Plant at Swinney Switch.

Once the well system at Chase Field is completed, the city will be able to reduce the amount of water being purchased from Corpus Christi and begin paying $0.31 per 1,000 gallons to the BDA for the water rights.

The city will be able to reduce the amount it pays for raw water, and the BDA will have a dependable source of income of about $150,000 a year by selling rights to the water at Chase Field.

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