Since the takeover from LCRA, our goal is to reduce our water losses as much as possible throughout the entire system. We experienced several “events” where pipes/valves have broken due to vehicles or individuals or faulty installation. The white or blue pipes sticking out of the ground throughout WWS protect valves on the main water line and contact with these pipes from a vehicle or a lawn mower can break the valve, causing a leak. These leaks can go undetected for years because of the fractured geology of the area. We have spent hundreds of hours walking every line, inspecting each valve riser and pressure reducer vault for leaks. In 2014, we hired a leak detection company to “acoustically” check the system and they found 11 more leaks that we had missed. All those leaks were fixed in 2014. You can help by looking for wet spots or water in the riser columns and reporting them to PGMS and our Board of Directors.
We have also added improvements to the system with Auto-Read Meters (ARM). These new meters are accurate to the second decimal place (0.01) of a gallon and can be read by a computer program in a vehicle driving near the meter box. These meters are on every active customer tap and all 3 wells. In addition, ARM can can detect small leaks on the customer side (your property). ARM automatically records water used every hour for a period of several months and sends an alert to the water monitoring software that a potential leak (defined as “continuous water consumption” for at least 72 hours) has been detected (ie. Toilet flapper valves, hose bibs, swimming pools, fish ponds, or faulty watering timers). You’ll be notified about a potential leak, saving you from a staggering water bill!
In 2014-2015, we cleaned and inspected the main storage tank. We also took the pressure tank offline, cleaned, and recoated the inside with epoxy paint. The down-hole pump on Well #1 was removed and replaced. Both of these jobs occurred without interruption to the customer and all wells are now at full production.
Starting in 2020 we began an ambitious test well program to identify additional sites for new production wells. The growth of the community has been accelerating so we want to stay ahead of the curve of this demand.
In 2021 we were able to acquire lots for two well sites that are currently under development. Lot 605 at the corner of Murphy and Wagon Wheel will be Well #4. Lot 216 at the corner of Whitewater and Edgewood will be Well #5.
In 2023 Well #5 was put into production. Issues with finding contractors and completing all regulatory approvals caused this process to take longer than expected. Automated control of this well will be completed when the SCADA system is implemented in late 2023.