Phone & Fax: 361-972-0929 ~ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ Emergency: 361-676-3878
CCWSC Board of Directors
Scott Hollingsworth, Vice President - Jean Berry, Treasurer
Don Sudheimer, Secretary - Joe Wyatt, President
Cape Carancahua water plant that keeps water flowing when you turn on the tap. Shown above are one of the wells, holding tanks, pressure tanks, pump room, chemical storage, and more.
New CCWSC office building where Office Manager Jean Berry and Assistant Jenny Bell
manage the business side of bring water to Cape residents.
Turn the water off on your side of the meter in the event of evacuation or your extended absence.
LETTER FROM CAPE CARANCAHUA WATER SUPPLY CORPORATION
PRESIDENT JOE WYATT
Well, it looks like we've made it through another hurricane season unscathed. The CCWSC has had a busy and productive year with a lot of projects still to be completed before the end of the year.
First, let me take a moment to praise Philip Holbrook, Jr., for undertaking the task of getting his Class C certification. Now, he is able to expand his duties as set forth by TCEQ regulations and requirements. He's taken some of the burden off of the office staff along with the Board of Directors by dealing with some issues regarding TCEQ. So, if you see him on the backhoe or Mule, give him a thumbs up. He puts in a lot of hours behind the scenes to keep our water quality up to the highest standard set by the State of Texas.
Philip Jr., along with the help of part-time employees Philip Holbrook, Sr., and Mike Labay, has been working to replace isolation valve manifolds that have gone without repair for some time now. The crew has already completed two of the manifolds with hopes of doing a couple more before the end of the year. The overall cost is between $5,000 and $6,000 per manifold. With these in place, we will be able to shut down certain areas of the Cape to do repairs as needed without shutting off water to the entire Cape. Believe it or not, the shutting down of the water plant on November 1, 2016, was the first time in over 2 1/2 years that the whole Cape was without water, and then for only three hours.
Maintenance has also installed a number of blowdowns in areas that we determined were needed to be able to purge the water mains of silt, thus maintaining quality flow of clean water to all customers.
In September, we were required by TCEQ to take a sampling of water from various locations throughout the Cape and then send the samples to a lab in Houston to check for copper and lead contamination. The results came back giving us a clean bill of health; therefore, this process will not need to be repeated for another three years.
Now, I need to give an update on our current status concerning out much-needed plant expansion. As of now, Mercer Engineering has submitted our plans and specifications for adding another 5,000 gallon pressurized tank to TCEQ for approval. Projected date of approval is mid January. After that, Mercer will file for the needed permits in conjunction with getting at least three bids from qualified contractors for the CCWSC Board of Directors to agree on.
The Board has decided to fund the project in-house without seeking outside financing. The goal is to take it one step at a time and pay as we go. It will take a little longer to complete our goal of updated our water system, but well worth the time when, at the end of the project, the CCWSC will not be faced with the worries of having to pay off a large debt. Hopefully, this process of paying as we go will be the best way. We should be able to fund the first phase of the installation of the 5,000 gallon pressurized tank. Once the tank is installed, it will bring us to the level of being able to have up to 500 customers, which is well within TCEQ requirements. This year, we have already installed 8 new water taps, bringing the total to 414 paying meters.
Last, just a reminder that if you sell your property, please have the new owners come to the CCWSC office to process the needed paperwork for transfer of ownership. Too many time, new owners will assume that once they leave the CCPOA office that everything has been done. WRONG! They will still need to go to the CCWSC office to complete the transaction of ownership.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the WCS, please feel free to call the water office at 361-972-0929 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.