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filter reboot near finish, bracing for thaw
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Jan. 28, East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply
District employees completed the installation of the filter
media for both filters at the Brookshire Water Treatment Plant.
The installation marked the near-completion of a years-long
process to maintain and eventually upgrade the plant’s capacity
– but the near-term concern is the long stretch of sub-freezing
temperatures that have gripped the Cedar Creek Lake area (and
much of the country) this week.
Crocker Crane Company was on site to assist in transporting the
two-ton super sacks of filter media from the ground to the
Under the supervision of the district’s engineering firm, KSA,
employees applied the certified gravel, sand and anthracite to
the desired depths as required by Texas Commission on
The total amount of media material for the project was 56 tons
at a cost of $18,000.
General manager Bill Goheen said Wednesday the district saved
more than $10,000 by doing the project in-house.
“Getting these two filters refurbished was one of the phases we
planned to maintain the plant’s capacity at 3.5 million gallons
per day (mg/d) and prepare the plant for upgrading to 4 million
gallons per day,” Goheen explained.
“Once we got the (two) new ones (filters) built (back in 2006),
we could take the old ones off-line and start building up
funding to refurbish them,” he said. “We used funding from our
operating reserves and the MUE (meter unit equivalent) fees the
board adopted a couple of years ago.”
Because the two new filters enabled the plant to remain at its
rated capacity, the district was able to take its time to get
the funding together and avoid having to go into debt – by using
bonds, for example – to complete the project, Goheen explained.
Another upgrade at the Brookshire Water Treatment Plant will be
the installation of electronic valve actuators. Once this
project is completed, the water plant operators will be able to
operate the old refurbished filters the same as the two new
Goheen said all the new valves and actuators are in place, and
the district just needs to have the contracting electrical
company, Boothe Electric, wire in all the electrical control
valves to the control panels, which were installed by district
Also, the District’s SCADA programming firm, Cohesive, will need
to program the additional operational tasks and safety alarms
into the computer, along with the off duty call-out module for
responding to any process control problems.
Barring any weather difficulties, the entire process should be
completed within the next 30 days or so, Goheen said.
“We’ve had some freeze-ups, but our main concern are the
rotating blackouts (when electricity is shut off by power
providers),” he said. “We’ve had to time those right to make
sure we keep water in our towers.”
When blackouts are in place, the pumps to fill the towers don’t
work, and that is a major concern in case of a structure fire,
he pointed out.
“We haven’t had any problems at the (Brookshire) plant,” Goheen
said. “We had a minor freeze-up that led to an overflow at one
of the towers this morning, but we were able to take care of
that pretty quickly.”
When temperatures are this cold (down into the low teens early
Wednesday) for this long – sub-freezing temperatures were
forecast to last through Friday morning – there’s always the
danger of pipes breaking, because water expands when it freezes.
One way homeowners can avoid a pipe problem is to keep a faucet
dripping overnight to keep water moving through the pipes,
something the ECCFWSD does as well, Goheen said.
“We had a flush hydrant open to keep water flowing in our small
lines,” he said. “It’s better to pay a few dollars for an extra
1,000 gallons at the end of the month than to pay for a major
water line repair under the house.”
Goheen said the district was getting ready to respond, if breaks
appear once the temperatures get above freezing.
“We’ll be assessing things Friday and Saturday, and we’re
checking our (parts) inventory now to make sure we have
everything we need,” he said.
PSVFD slates cycle
Special to The Monitor
PAYNE SPRINGS–A drawing for a 2007 Harley Davidson FX/ST 96 CI
motorcycle, will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Payne
Springs Fire Station at 9674 St. Hwy. 198 in Payne Springs
during the annual fish fry.
The motorcycle is fuel injected with a 6-speed transmission, and
has less than 1,400 miles on it. It is in showroom condition.
Only 2,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be obtained by
contacting any member of the department.
Tickets can be obtained and view pictures from our website at
www.psfirerescue.com or call (903) 451-4511 and leave a message.
All proceeds will go to the Payne Springs Fire Rescue.
Black Tie Ball raises record amount
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–The 2010 Black Tie Ball benefitting Texas Health
Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman raised more than $75,000.
In the event’s third year, the annual gala has raised more than
$150, 000 to support women’s and children’s services in Kaufman
“It’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever been a part
of,” said Carl Stapp, chair of the 2010 planning committee and
member of the Texas Health Kaufman Board of Trustees.
“To know that the people of Kaufman are so willing to step up
and support this good cause is really humbling. It shows the
kind of strong community we have and the generous people who
live here,” Stapp finished.
Proceeds from the 2010 gala, held Nov. 13 at the Adolphus Hotel
in Dallas, will support prenatal care for low-income and
uninsured women in the local area.
The goal is to help women have healthy pregnancies and diagnose
complications before they cause serious problems for their
The event attracted more than 300 partygoers and featured a
seated dinner, diamond raffle, live auction and dancing.
Planning for the 2011 Black Tie Ball has begun, with organizers
expecting things to be bigger and better than ever.
“Having so much success only drives us to improve and make it
even more enjoyable for everyone,” said Patsy Youngs, president
of Texas Health Kaufman. “The past few years are a hard act to
follow, but we plan to more than meet those expectations.”
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
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