Friday, September 18, 2020

Systems that Work – How Southlake Maintains a Sustainable Water Infrastructure

Drinking water is essential to the well-being and health of those who live, work and play in Southlake.

The Southlake Public Works Department teams up with other City departments such as Finance and Planning and Development Services to invest in maintaining and updating our water infrastructure. Public Works utilizes a ranking system which identifies and prioritizes projects essential to maintain critical assets. The department also abides by Environmental Protection Agency guidelines to provide quality and safe drinking water.

Water quality is maintained daily by flushing water hydrants, taking samples and monitoring to ensure facility operations are working properly.

Earlier this year, the City invested in renovating the elevated storage tank located on Miron Drive. Southlake cleans and inspect our tanks to ensure they meet and exceed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and American Water Works Association standards. After performing a series of inspections and cleanings, the tank was recommended to be repainted.

The City conducts annual inspections and cleanings on all water storage tanks to prevent a build-up of sediment which can settle in the bottom of the tank. Sediment left too long inside a storage tank could create a place for bacteria to form. When bacteria forms in a tank, the water in the tank can lose its disinfectant residual and adversely impact the water quality in the entire pressure plane or even an entire water system.

The renovation of the interior and exterior coating also prevents the corrosion of steel and the oxidation of the paint. The integrity of the water tower’s interior paint coating is essential to maintaining the infrastructure needed for quality and safe drinking water.   A smooth, non-porous surface helps ensure the tank is clean and free of issues.

The City also recently replaced 20-year-old pump valves at the T.W. King Booster Station. These valves play a critical role in the operation of the tank by pumping water from the City’s wholesale provider (City of Ft. Worth) to the water towers, which is then distributed to homes and commercial facilities in Southlake.

By strategically investing in public assets, such as water infrastructure systems, the City can continue to provide their customers with the highest quality drinking water.

For more information about water quality, visit our website. To review the 2020 Water Quality Report, click here.

2020 Water Quality Report FAQs

You may have a few questions about your 2020 Water Quality Report.

The report is a comprehensive outline that displays information about the drinking water in Southlake. Details in the report include information about Southlake’s water source, contaminants and microorganisms that may have an effect on the taste and smell of your water.

This information is extremely detailed in the 15-page document, but we pulled out a few common questions that are frequently asked about water in Southlake.

Where is Southlake’s water sourced from?

The City of Southlake gets its water from the City of Fort Worth’s water department, which sources its water from other surface water sources.

Why is my water cloudy or milky sometimes?

While this isn’t typically, it happens on occasion. Cloudy water indicates air is trapped in your pipes, typically after a service disruption. If you experience cloudy or milky water, give us a call so we can help.

Why is my water bill so high?

There could be several factors that impact your water bill from sprinkler systems to active leaks. The City offers resources to help you determine your water usage. Learn more here.

What can I do if I think my water is unsafe to drink?

Our goal is to keep you safe, if you have any further concerns about your water, contact the Public Works Department directly at 817-748-8082.