Pilot Point is in need of a new water well, state officials say, but city officials are hopeful that by next summer, the city will have completed a new water well system.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality determined that the city must add a new well to comply with state regulations, even though the city has a sufficient water supply to meet current needs. However, the state agency said the city needs more to sustain future growth.
The city expects to use more than 235 million gallons of water in 2013.
City officials said they are eager to finally begin work on the water well project, which is estimated to cost about $1.1 million. Officials plan to increase water rates by about 6 percent to fund the project.
The city will also use a combination of bond funds and general capital funds to help pay for the project. About $950,000 has been budgeted to pay for the water well.
During a City Council meeting earlier this year, council members approved a contract with Stephenville-based engineering company Collier Consulting for services related to the project.
City Manager Tom Adams, who announced plans to step down in February, was persuaded by the City Council to stay on through the summer to help keep the project on track. In his resignation letter, he told the council he would consider remaining on staff through the summer to help with major projects.
During the Nov. 12 special-called council meeting, Adams agreed stay to on. He said he was going to step down for health-related reasons, but he said the water well project is a major one and could be completed by the end of June.
“For now, I will focus in on the city projects and see how I am doing once we wrap them up,” he said.
The new water well was talked about for several years, officials said, and according to the city’s 2013 Water Capital Improvement Program, efforts have been made to purchase land to complete the engineering portion of the project.
Officials hope the plan will save water as well as improve the water system’s reliability.
The city also has other infrastructure improvements planned during the next few years including replacing water lines and repairing the wastewater plant. According to city officials, many parts of the city’s water system are old, with some sections in place for more than 100 years.
Officials said the improvements would reduce the time required for repairs and increase the time spent on preventive maintenance.
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