The Water & Wastewater Maintenance Division’s responsibilities are pretty self-explanatory, they maintain our water and wastewater lines. But there is quite a bit more to it than meets the eye. Each of the 12 employees receives training from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality and carry either a ground water license, wastewater License or both. The employees also receive continuing education courses to keep their licenses current.
Underground utility work can be very dangerous. There is the constant danger of hitting gas and other pipelines when performing underground work as well as the risk of cave-ins when the men are working in deep holes to make repairs. And of course, there is always a danger when operating heavy equipment. The crew prides themselves in performing their work as safely and efficiently as possible.
The City has over 140 miles each, of water and wastewater distribution lines. This division is responsible for repairs to broken water mains, sewer force mains and gravity lines, as well as maintaining 35 lift stations. It is also their responsibility to maintain close to 1,000 fire hydrants and keep them operational for citizen’s protection. You may occasionally notice one of the crew members flushing a fire hydrant. The City flushes every fire hydrants 2 to 3 times a year. Doing so helps maintain our water quality.
Under the supervision of Tom Fuller, the crew consist of 1 crew leader, 4 equipment operators, 3 maintenance technicians, and 3 laborers. The crew is on call 24-hours a day.