A good clean water supply is one of the most important elements to our community and much is being done to improve water quality.
Both of these filters are 2 months old. The one on the right is after several actions were taken to improve our water quality. As you can see, there is a significant reduction in sediment caught by the filter. (It may be difficult to see viewing on your phone) Below, is what has caused this vast improvement in water quality.
Take a Drink from Your Faucet - Can You Taste a Difference
Vacuumed Our Water Tanks - In April we hired divers who vacuumed the water tanks. It is only natural over time silt from our wells will settle in the bottom of the water tanks. This 2-3" silt not only can get into our homes, but allows other bacteria to grow. It was amazing to watch these divers with cameras mounted on their helmets go down and clean the water tanks.
Line Flushing -Our new water operator, Chad has identified the deadend lines and a schedule to flush them every month is now in place. Some of these deadend lines originally appeared to be circular lines but had silt in them and will be flushed until clear. Historically, silt would lay in the bottom of the lines and anytime it was disturbed, it would flow into our homes. The lines to be flushed monthly are: Valley View, Creekwood, Brown Saddle, Shady Oak, Quail Valley, Edgewood, Glenvalley, Valley Oak and Antler Cir. The other streets will be flushed less often because they have more volume of water passing through the lines.
Chemical Adjustments - Chlorine and Phosphorus are added to our water supply. It is critical to have the right balance of chemicals for clean, good tasting water. Without going into too much detail, Chad has been making small adjustments and replacing equipment like chlorine regulators. We live in the Hill Country, so there will always be hard water but there is no reason we should not have the best tasting water around.
Many of us have softeners, ROS filters and whole house filters at our homes. Change them out and watch over the next few months and let us know if you see a reduction in silt collected in your filters. Then again, try taking a drink from the faucet and see if you can tell a difference in the taste of your water.
Budget Meeting - June 14th at the PUD Office 6:30
There will be a Public Hearing on the Budget for the upcoming year and everyone is encouraged to come. The PUD year runs from July 1st through the end of June. There are several projects planned and your input is always welcome. Then immediately following the Public Hearing, the regularly scheduled Board Of Director's meeting will be held.
Our dumpsters are emptied on Mon, Weds and Fri and as we all know, almost every Mon morning, they are over flowing. Not only does it spill out onto the ground, but we are charged for the trash above the top of the dumpsters. One of the biggest issues are residents not breaking down their boxes. There are always illegal dumpers, but since we have been reporting them to the Constable there seems to be less. So please, we ask for your help.
New Service to Residents - if you have large items that cannot go into the dumpsters (mattresses, large appliances, old furniture, etc), please call the PUD office and we can schedule someone to pick them up. There will be a charge added to your bill, but you will be told that charge ahead of time.
Burn Pile - Please do not put brush, clipppings or wood into the dumpsters. The ranch has a burn pile for us to use just past the yellow gate near the dumpsters. It is open on weekdays, so you will have to plan your dorp off. But again, if you need help, please call. We are here to help.
TCEQ Investigation Of Sewer Plant
Last month, I told you about a State inspection of our sewage system conducted on March 10th. We had 12 violations that we were written up for. They are all being addressed and the system will be much better off in the future. One example is shown on the left which is our lift station just off the #1 green on Fairway Dr. This is a pump station that moves sewage to the plant to be processed. They are being cleaned, painted and brought up to standards.