Engineer says water treatment plant to break ground Jan. ’03

Within a few days, Bradyites will be seeing the City’s beginning of the water treatment plant at Brady Lake becoming a reality. Ken Martin, a partner in Jacob & Martin, Inc., an Abilene engineering firm, along with associate Derek Turner, met with the Brady City Council Tuesday morning. He gave the Council an update on his company’s progress in the project and stated that he estimates the plant will be completed by May 2004. When pressed for a date for “dirt to be moved,” Martin said he hoped that would occur by January 2003. Turner said that the pilot study for the plan had been sent to the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (TNRCC) that morning for approval. The next step in the program is to send the proposals to the membrane companies that will filter the Brady Lake water which will then be blended with the City of Brady well water which comes from the Hickory aquifer. The reason the treatment plant is needed for the citizens of Brady is that the water derived from the aquifer has too much radium in it, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the TNRCC. The blending will be 50 percent surface water with 50 percent ground water. This process will reduce the radium in Brady’s potable water. The lake water does not contain radium, but it does have clorides and impurities, thus the need for filtering. The membranes are the latest in high technology for filtering water, according to Jacob & Martin. Martin said there are three different companies that manufacture the membranes. “We will test to determine which of the three best suits Brady’s water. That will take about three months,” he said. The three will be tested separately and the best one will be selected. The membrane system will be utilized in conjunction with reverse osmosis (RO) equipment, Martin said. He explained that the RO may not be needed because the lake is currently near capacity; however, when the water level declines, the clorides in the water will increase and that will cause bad tasting water. With RO equipment, the clorides will be eliminated. Martin said that filtering ground water is much more expensive than filtering surface water which Brady will be doing.

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