Sunday, December 3, 2023

City Looks to Invest in New Water Infrastructure

You turn on the sink to wash dishes or shower for the day, but probably don’t think about the process of getting water to your house. But there’s a lot of work behind the scenes before the water ever comes into your home.

The Southlake City Council approved an engineering services agreement with Freese and Nichols, Inc. during the February 4 session. Under the agreement, FNI will provide engineering design services not to exceed $318,171 for residual control systems located at the Pearson and T.W. King Pump Stations.

“The completed project will provide our water system operators with the capability to control chlorine residual levels within the water system per federal regulations,” Public Works Director Rob Cohen said. “Creating and eventually purchasing the systems is one way we’re investing in quality infrastructure for the community.” 

Once the design is complete, the City can plan to purchase and install the systems in the next several years.

The hypochlorite generation systems helps to keep the water disinfected and assists in emergency preparedness. The new systems are part of the City’s goals to continue to provide safe, compliant drinking water, optimize technology, as well as build and maintain our high quality infrastructure.

Funding for the design of the systems will be provided from the Utility Fund.