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New water towers still offline

Posted: 5:54 PM, Apr 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-26 19:44:10-04

 

The water towers on Holly Road and Rand Morgan Road were supposed to go online in the Spring of 2018. They still remain inactive.

The main purpose for their construction was to meet a state requirement.

“The new water towers are part of the alternate capacity requirement that we have with the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality,” Gabriel Ramirez, the Assistant Director of Water Quality and Treatment said.

The reason the water is not flowing is due to a problem with the infrastructure, namely the old pipes that are supposed to be transporting water from the new and improved towers.

The city’s water department caught this problem early on in testing.

“When we gave Holly elevated storage tank in July of 2018, we did find a few weak points in the system,” Ramirez said.

The Holly and Rand Morgan water towers are just two of four towers that are supposed to be constructed by the end of 2021. But now the focus is getting the first towers online.

“There’s some older pipes that need to be replaced and that is what we are doing,” Ramirez said.

The water department is hoping that these two towers will be up and running by the end of 2019.