The West Water Plant , a 2.4 million gallon per day facility, is on now on line. The new upgraded capacity is sufficient to replace the existing HEW and Oak Island surface water treatment plants. The HEW and Oak Island plants have been abandoned. This new facility uses a chloramine disinfectant process, which reduces the Trihalomethane by-products. The THMs for the 1st three quarters of 2006 are reported at levels well below the Maximum Contaminate Level of 80 ppb. However, the running annual average for the 1st quarters of 2006, includes the previous quarterly samples from the abandoned water plants. The eighty acre water reservoir is now complete. The reservoir is used to store water for emergencies and to stabilize the water source.
The Winnie Water Treatment Plant is a surface water treatment plant with a capacity of 2.4 million gallons per day. The facility uses a chloramines disinfectant process which reduces the Trihalomethane by-product. Trinity Bay purchases raw water from the Lower Neches Valley Authority and treats it to potable water.
The construction of a new elevated storage tank in Stowell is complete. The new storage tank will increase the capacity from 75,000 to 150,000 gallons. The old tower has been demolished and the new tank is in service.
Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) are a by-product of chlorinating water that contains natural organics. The water of Southeast Texas has always had these organics derived from decaying plant materials and thus, we have probably always had TTHM in our chlorinated water. An EPA survey discovered that trihalomethanes are present in virtually all chlorinated water supplies. Many years ago, the EPA required large towns and cities to reduce the TTHM levels in potable water. Recent changes in the national drinking water quality standards now require that water treatment systems in smaller towns reduce TTHMs. TTHM s do not pose a high health risk compared to waterborne diseases, but they are important water quality issues. The EPA Rule states that the Maximum Contaminate Levels (MCL) the TTHMs are based on lifetime exposure over 70 years at the indicated level and are measured as annual running averages. These MCLs must be exceeded continuously year after year for 70 years for the water to be considered unsafe.
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Trinity Bay’s Board of Directors has approved the purchase of two Caterpillar 304 Mini Excavators to be used by the Water Utilities Division in Anahuac and Winnie areas. The Mini Excavators will be used for utility repairs and new services. Trinity Bay is making an investment in the future.
The new Water Tower at Oak Island has been erected, painted, and put in service. The 150,000 gallon tank has a special 15 year warranty paint to protect it from the elements. The tank also has Trintiy Bay's new logo.
Trinity Bay Conservation District has completed the construction of a 2 million dollar chlorination and de-chlorination system required by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to treat and discharge wastewater. The new permit requires treatment of e-coli in the disinfection process. This requires adding a chlorination and de-chlorination system at the end of the treatment process. The process requires installing concrete boxes to allow the effluent to have contact time with the chlorine.
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Trinity Bay’s Board of Directors approved the purchase of a Ditchwhitch Trencher to be used by the Water Utilities Division in Anahuac and Winnie areas. The Trencher will be used for utility line expansion to serve new customers. Trinity Bay is making an investment in the future.
Trinity Bay has replaced the emergency generator at the Oak Island Sewer Plant. The original generator was destroyed by Hurricane Ike. A new platform was built to raise the generator above the Hurricane Ike water level. The generator provides emergency power during power outages.
Trinity Bay’s Board of Directors has approved the purchase of a Caterpillar 304 Mini Excavators to be used by the Water Utilities Construction Crew. The Mini Excavator replaces a John Deere Mini Excavator with high hours. Trinity Bay is making an investment in the future.
Trinity Bay Conservation District contracted with Texas Pride Utilities, LLC to rehabilitate 16,665 feet of sewer line in the Winnie and Stowell area. A total of 39 manholes were replaced. There were 152 sewer service connections rehabilitated. The contract began in December of 2017 and was completed in 9 months at a total cost of $702,152.00.