Water Department  

The Water Department operates and maintains systems for the production, storage, and distribution of potable water in accordance with requirements of State and Federal agencies. Operational activities are maintained on a 24 hour basis. The City is a member of the Blue Bonnet Water Conservation District and pays for water that is pumped in Austin County. Infrastructure maintained by this department includes all water mains, valves, fire hydrants, 2,085 active services, 4 water wells, 3 ground storage tanks, and 3 booster pump stations.

 

The City's well system is looped to ensure residents are never without water in the event a well is not operating. The Water Department flushes all dead hydrants on a monthly basis and all fire hydrants on a semi-annual basis to keep sediment from forming at the end of water lines. Citizens should contact the Water Department with concerns of water leaks, water quality, low pressure, and tips on finding costly water leaks/waste.

 

The City has maintained a superior Water District Rating for the past 20 years and is dedicated to continuing this service to the citizens.

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Water Loss 

Did you know that a continuous leak of only 1/16" diameter of stream over a three month period can result in 74,000 gallons of water loss? If your water bill/consumption has increased for no explained reason you could possibly have a leak. Check out the Water Loss Information link in the Resources section of this page for more details.

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Water Rates 

Effective for Service Commencing October 1, 2019

Water Rates Table

Backflow Prevention  

A joint responsibility between the City and its residents/customers must exist to ensure all areas of water distribution are adequately protected. The city will provide a safe, adequate water supply to the residents/customers who in turn should maintain their plumbing systems in compliance with local ordinances, requirements, codes, and policies.

 

A backflow incident can seriously affect the quality and safety of our drinking water supply. Common examples of possible cross-connections include:

 

  • Garden hoses
  • Hose attachments for utility sinks
  • Landscape sprinkling systems

 

Backflow prevention assemblies provide the public water system with protection against contamination or polluting.

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What You Can Do To Protect Our Water Resources

Companion planting

Some plants emit chemicals from their roots or leaves, which repel pests. As an example, tomatoes repel caterpillars from diamondback months, which like to chew on cabbage leaves. So, instead of using a pesticide for moths on cabbage, try planting the cabbage near your tomatoes. The combination and benefits of companion planting is endless. For more beneficial combinations look for information and tips when you purchase plants.

 

Discarding trash or yard waste

Never discard trash or yard waste down storm drains or in the street. Do not sweep yard waste into the street.

 

Dispose of pet waste

Dispose of pet waste properly. Pet waste left in yards can be a pollutant (in the form of E-Coli bacteria) to water in creeks, rivers, and lakes.

 

Limit pesticides and fertilizers

Limit the use of pesticides and fertilizers in your yard. Try using biodegradable products that do not harm the environment whenever possible.

 

Maintain your vehicles

Properly maintain your vehicles to prevent oil and gasoline leaks. If you change your own oil, don't dump the used oil on the ground or in the trash.

 

Plan what you plant

It's a fact of life that your plants will attract pests. You can minimize this problem by growing plants native to Texas. These plants are typically more resistant to pests and require less insecticides and pesticides.

 

Use chemicals safely

Use lawn chemicals safely. Always follow label instructions and never apply before rain or watering the lawn, unless label instructions direct you to do so.