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Red Rock Water Supply agrees to pay state fine

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By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

State environmental officials approved an agreed order in Austin on Wednesday that fined a small Denton County water supplier for violating state rules.

Red Rock Water Supply, which serves about 50 homes in Bartonville and Flower Mound, agreed to pay a $1,105 fine and take a series of corrective actions.

In the agreed order, state inspectors cited the water supplier in December for failing to file required paperwork with the state showing testing and compliance with drinking water standards, including the payment of a public health fee. In addition, the water supplier was cited for failing to deliver consumer confidence reports to its customers.

Tony Cucinotta, president of the board of directors, said the small, volunteer neighborhood group has had to work hard since the original well that had serviced the area since the 1960s began failing after two large housing developments came in around them, including one with a golf course.

Now, they buy water from the town of Flower Mound, but Red Rock Water Supply must still maintain the pump and water lines, as well as the billing system.

“We are writing some guidelines and system requirements to help future boards,” said Cucinotta, who is an engineer.

The group would ultimately like the system to be taken over by either the Cross Timbers Water Supply, formerly Bartonville Water Supply, or the town of Flower Mound, he said.

In all, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality levied $743,616 in penalties against 34 entities for violating state environmental rules. Included in that total is a $300,256 fine against Gulf Chemical and Metallurgical Corporation in Brazoria County for numerous violations in 2011.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.