Water plant meets TCEQ requirements

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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The improvements made to the city of Bridgeport’s water plant this summer quickly proved effective.

The city received a letter from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) stating the city had successfully completed all required corrective actions mandated in a Corrected Action Plan (CAP).

The analysis followed an October 2011 Comprehensive Performance Evaluation.

Improvements outlined in that analysis included replacing aging pumps, flocculators and filter media. These repairs, which were largely funded by a Texas Capital Fund Community Development Block Grant, significantly improved the water quality. Turbidity levels have declined, the manganese is more easily controlled and the city has been able to decrease the amount of chemicals that are used at the plant, city officials said.

In May, the city was named the winner of the Big Country Drinking Water Contest for Surface Water in a city with a population of less than 10,000. Bridgeport took the honors over 18 other water treatment facilities.

“This is a big step from where we were this time last year,” read a press release issued by Bridgeport Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman. “With the help of US Water and the improvements to the water plant, the city of Bridgeport will continue to offer high quality water to our citizens.”

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