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Posted on: February 3, 2017

City of Alice will perform Water Quality Maintenance Flushing from March 3-31, 2017

The City of Alice-Homer E. Dean, Jr. Water Treatment Plant will perform a free chlorine shock and extensive directional flushing of the system.

Background:  The City of Alice-Homer E. Dean, Jr. Water Treatment Plant (PWS Name:  City of Alice/PWS ID No. 1250001) is dedicated to provide the best quality water we can.  Every month, we can be seen flushing fire hydrants to ensure the water we serve is safe and fresh.   Water Distribution staff is tasked with the duty to ensure that water in all points of the system is acceptable to our customers.  There are times that the water is discolored to a yellow, orange or even brownish color.  This is caused by cast iron or steel water mains and private plumbing and at times manganese.  Manganese is naturally occurring in water sources but can increase in years of heavy rains on the watershed.  Manganese is not harmful at the levels found but can be a nuisance by discoloring the water.  Over time, manganese will attach itself to the pipes and release when there are extreme changes in velocity or pressure similar to when there is a main break or during the annual Fire Department testing of the hydrants.   

 

Remedy:  The City of Alice-Homer E. Dean, Jr. Water Treatment Plant (PWS Name:  City of Alice/PWS ID No. 1250001) will perform a free chlorine shock and extensive directional flushing of the system.  This should help remove iron, manganese and other constituents in the mains and should help overall quality.  Normally the water is treated with a disinfectant called “chloramine” which is a long-lasting disinfectant that ensures the safety of the water.  Free chlorine is a stronger disinfectant but does not hold its strength as long in the system.  Free chlorine is the disinfectant of choice when performing a system wide maintenance flush.  It will help us cleanse the lines and ensure that the water continues to be safe to drink. 

 

Nuisance Problems:  During these efforts to improve water quality as a whole, there will be times of low water pressure, odors and taste that are abnormal.  Particles are possible in the water.  The particles should be rust particles from the iron mains with manganese attached.  Each water system will attempt to flush the particles, color and odor from the mains with directional flushing.  There is a possibility that some of the color and odor will get into your lines.   The City of Alice-Homer E. Dean, Jr. Water Treatment Plant (PWS Name:  City of Alice/PWS ID No. 1250001) is dedicated to making sure the water is safe to drink and will be monitoring the disinfectant levels continually during the work.  If you get an odor or taste in your water, it does not mean it is unsafe to drink.  Odors will be caused by the free chlorine disinfectant reacting in the lines to cleanse the system.   Nuisance issues will go away as the work is completed.

 

Good News:  After the completion of the work, the water quality of each respective utility will be substantially better than before.   Our work will help the mains retain their disinfectant residual longer and will reduce monthly flushing. In turn, this flushing program will save money and help keep operational cost down while providing the customers a better quality product.   Please be patient with the City during their efforts to serve you better.   If you have questions please call us.   Numbers are provided below.

 

361-664-9082 Water Plant 24/7 or please leave a message and someone will call you back.

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