Educational: How does my water get to me?
Dane Bybee - Water Superintendent - Office: 979-337-7434
The Water Treatment Plant is responsible for providing a safe and consistent supply of drinking water to the citizens of Brenham while maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations.
The City of Brenham's water is supplied from Somerville Lake. The city currently has a contract with the Brazos River Authority for 4,200 acre feet per year, with the plant rated at 6.98 million gallons per day.
Raw Water Pump Station
The water is pulled from the lake through an intake structure and pump station. The water is treated with Chlorine Dioxide as a primary disinfectant which also controls taste and odor. It is then delivered to Brenham through a 24" pipeline over a 14 mile route.
Once the water reaches the treatment plant, it is temporarily stored in a 750,000 gallon "raw water tank" where chloramines are added to complete the disinfection process.
The three towers, West Side, Church St. and Jeffries St., have a combined storage capacity of 1.1 million gallons. Total storage, including elevated and ground storage is 3.7 million gallons.
The City of Brenham has an excellent long-range water supply, treatment and distribution capacity. As a supplier of drinking water, the city must provide water that meets federal and state standards. As a consumer, you have the right to know if your water meets those standards.
West Side Water Tower
The quality of the drinking water provided to the citizens of Brenham in 2012 met all requirements of the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Water conservation is the most cost-effective way to reduce water demand. Using less water also puts less pressure on our sewage treatment facilities.
The Water Treatment Plant is operated 24 hours a day. In the event you notice that your water is discolored or has an unusual taste or odor, you can call the Public Utilities Dispatch office any time, 24 hours a day at 979.337.7400. They will dispatch a technician to investigate the problem.
The Water Distribution Department is responsible for the connection, operation and maintenance of 145 miles of water mains, 2,800 water valves and over 800 fire hydrants. Water is distributed through a series of mains ranging in size from 2 inches to 12 inches in diameter. The department serves more than 6,800 customers and is on call 24 hours a day.
Services provided include checking for water leaks, low water pressure and water main breaks. Should you experience any of these problems, please call us anytime, 24 hours a day, at 979.337.7400.
Other responsibilities of the Water Distribution Department are:
- Low water pressure
- Needing water turned on or off at the meter to do repairs in your house
- Fire hydrant maintenance and flow testing
- Water quality issues
- Repairs to city mains
The department is dedicated to providing a safe and reliable supply of potable water to all residents and commercial/industrial accounts located in the Brenham area.
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