The quality of drinking water in Bridgeport has come a long way.
In October of 2011, the city received a 54-item corrective action plan following a compliance performance evaluation of its Walter Hales Water Treatment Plant by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
The repairs outlined in the plan were initiated last May.
A year later, the city’s $500,000 investment proved worthwhile when the city blew 18 other plants out of the water and was named the winner of the under 10,000 population category in the Big Country Drinking Water Contest on May 8.
The annual contest is coordinated by the Texas Water Utilities Association (TWUA). This year the contest was held during the 45th Annual Central West Texas Regional School in Abilene.
“This is a big step from where we were this time last year,” said the city’s community relations manager, Amber Fogelman, in a press release issued Thursday.
The first in a slew of repairs to the plant were completed in May 2012, when crews removed and replaced old filter media.
Later that summer, flocculators (large paddles that mix raw water with chemicals to purify it), chemical feed pumps and backwash pumps were replaced.
The improvements, which were funded by a grant from the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program, a certificate of deposit and budgeted capital improvement funds, were completed last October.
“With the help of U.S. Water and the improvements to the water plant, the City of Bridgeport is proud to accept this award and continue to offer high quality water to our citizens,” Fogelman said.