By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — The city of Trinity hopes that its ongoing problem with water quality will be solved this week.
At a recent meeting, the council approved an emergency expenditure to connect the city’s two water sources to eliminate quality and service problems.
Those problems include boil water notices for the city, which has happened twice this year. The city currently is under a boil water notice.
City Manager Steven Jones said that the water lines have been laid and tied in, and they have ordered parts to renovate the lines in the area the site will be servicing.
He also said the city has spent a lot of money repairing the chlorinators, and installed a new chlorinator system with a new building at the city well site.
Jones said all he lines have been flushed, and for all intents and purposes, it’s back to normal.
“We should be able to lift boil water notice in the near future,” he said. “We have built up a quality residual in the system, and we are in contact with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to get their final blessing.”
The city had previously been providing water from two sources — its own well site and from wells owned by the Trinity River Authority. Jones has said in the past that has been a big source of the water issues the city has faced.
The city approved the use of grant funds to connect has a water line that runs the length of Highway 19 through Trinity, and the city will connect the TRA water line to the city well line.
“The system will be filled from one source, and there will be no more blending sources,” Jones said. “Blending causes a lot of the problems we have had.”
Cutoff valves will be placed at both ends of the connecting line, which will allow the city to repair the well system for use as a backup.
Jones said that after a discussion with a contractor, the city was given a price of $169,120.18 for the work; also, since the work was to protect public health by fixing the city’s water system, the city was exempt from the normal process of seeking bids.
“This will be a permanent, right now fix for our problems,” Jones said.