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Council schedules Saturday meeting to consider funding south side test well
by Gary Kent
Jul 12, 2013 | 1243 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – City Council members voted Tuesday to hold a rare Saturday morning meeting to discuss coming up with $105,000 to drill a test well on the south side of the city.

The council made the decision to have the Saturday meeting after City Water Superintendent Cesario Vela recommended a closer inspection of the proposal.

“It’s a lot of money,” Vela said.

The request for the test well was made by members of the council’s Citizens Committee that is meeting twice a week to come up with recommendations for an alternative water source.

The committee was appointed after city voters defeated a $15.3 million bond issue that would have provided the funds for the city to drill wells within the city and then build a reverse osmosis plant to filter suspended solids and chlorides out of the water.

Seventeen members were appointed with each of the five council members naming three committee members and two being appointed by the Beeville Water Supply District’s board of directors.

Committee members asked if the city could have another test well drilled on the south end of the city after being told that the city was having a test well drilled at Veterans Memorial Park.

That well is expected to provide information on the quality and quantity of water available for irrigation of the athletic complex facilities at the park.

City Manager Deborah Ballí told council and committee members that the test well will cost the city about $25,000.

The Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation board voted to have an irrigation well drilled at the park so that the grounds of the new athletic facilities could be irrigated and, thereby, protect its investment in the facilities.

At first, city staff members thought a similar test well could be drilled elsewhere in the city to determine the quality and potential flow of a new well within the city limits.

But engineers have said a test well to determine the quality and flow of a well intended for a municipal water supply will be much more expensive. The expected price will be $105,000.

Beeville is facing a water crisis in the next couple of years if the current drought continues to keep the Coastal Bend dry.

Officials in Corpus Christi have warned Beeville that Lake Corpus Christi, where the city’s raw water intake structure is located for Beeville’s surface water system, could run dry in two years.

Saturday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the council chamber at City Hall.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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