The Altus Times began a Water Plant Improvements series in the Tuesday, Jan. 12 edition. The focus of the first story was about Reverse Osmosis (RO), the first part of the three fold project.
The second part of project is the installing of piping and valves to prepare the plant to receive well water from the Round Timber and Holloway Well Fields. This water will be blended with treated water from the water plant prior to disinfection and distribution.
City staff acting as general contractors began the well field rehabilitation and development project in October 2014. The purpose of the project is to rehabilitate seven existing wells and return them to operation, pumping groundwater to the Altus water treatment plant. In 1964, the City of Altus developed well fields in North Wilbarger County, Texas and operated 16 wells. In 1975, after the completion of the Tom Steed Reservoir, the wells were no longer used. The recent drought motivated the City to develop and invest for a secondary source of drinking water. Five wells from the Round Timber Ranch, and two wells on the Holloway property, were identified for rehabilitation. Wells were cleaned, disinfected and purged. New pumps have been installed. Well houses will now be set with telemetric controls so that wells can be operated remotely from Altus.
The financial investment cost for this is $1,317, 148. The first wells should be ready for pumping by Jan. 31, with final pumping in the Spring.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077