Administration provides coordination and support for all Department activities involving the EPA, the TCEQ, the Texas Department of Transportation, Jefferson County, engineering/consulting firms, construction contractors, and other City departments. The engineering section conducts water and sanitary sewer system studies; design water and sanitary sewer rehabilitation projects; and develops and manages Capital Programs projects.
Water treatment facilities consist of a surface water treatment plant and a well system including pumping and transfer facilities to provide safe drinking water of adequate quantities and sufficient pressure while meeting all state and federal regulations. The Surface Water Treatment Plant after the recent renovations is rated at 40 million gallons per day. The ground water system is a 17 MGD facility consisting of three deep wells, four booster pumps and two 5 MG ground storage tanks. The City has six elevated water storage tanks with 6.8 MG of storage capacity, four ground water storage tanks with 17.7 MG of storage capacity, for a total of 24.5 MG of storage capacity. The Water Treatment Facilities are fully operable using SCADA controls that will automatically shut down the water discharge to the customers in case of water quality discrepancies.
Water Distribution and Maintenance is responsible for the maintenance and repair of approximately 760 miles of water distribution mains, 3,550 fire hydrants, 45,000 water meters, 6000 valves, several large motors and pumps and 15 miles of canal and levee systems.
Sewer Collection and Maintenance maintains 760 miles of sanitary sewer collection lines, 10,900 sanitary sewer manholes, 78 sanitary sewer and 10 storm sewer lift stations, several large motors and pumps and 15 miles of levee systems at the constructed wetlands. This Division also installs new sanitary sewer line extensions. A pipe bursting crew has been established and is rehabilitating approximately 3,000 feet of sanitary sewer lines a month.
Sewer Treatment Plant
The Sewer Treatment Plant consists of a forty seven million gallon per day (47 MGD) trickling filters wastewater treatment plant and a six-hundred acre constructed wetlands system which provide adequate treatment of wastewater before discharging into the receiving stream. The Cattail Marsh wetlands system located next to Tyrrell Park, is undergoing rehabilitation. The wastewater effluent must meet stringent regulations required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the USEPA.
Water Quality Control
The Quality Control Division oversees the department’s five divisions to ensure high quality performance and compliance with state and federal regulations. This Division administers the EPA’s pretreatment program; supervises the employees at the water treatment and wastewater treatment laboratories; enforces the backflow prevention regulations; implements the grease and grit trap ordinance; and oversees the safety program.