Feature Photo: Smiley Face Park, home of the Smiley Face Water Tower in Raymondville. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Raymondville (Willacy County) — The town of Raymondville is receiving $2,599,412 in financial assistance from the state to replace leaky old pipe in its potable water distribution system.
The Texas Water Development Board on Wednesday approved funding for planning, design and construction of water system improvements. Raymondville provides water and wastewater services to about 11,284 residents on 2,792 connections.
The TWDB’s case assessment on the city’s request notes that a portion of its water distribution system is very old, has leaks and frequent breaks, and is composed of iron and asbestos-cement piping, which can be a potential health hazard.
“With pipes as small as 2 inches in diameter in some areas, pressure is reduced throughout the system, requiring the water treatment plant to work harder to maintain adequate pressure. These factors increase the amount of water loss throughout the system and reduce the amount of fire protection available for the City.”
In addition, all three elevated storage tanks need to be repaired and repainted to remove surface rust and fix structural deficiencies. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued a Notice of Enforcement in reference to the condition of the three elevated tanks.
VBX Project ID 2020-5C64.
The project consists of planning, design, and construction to replace and update approximately 10,920 linear feet of old and under sized iron and asbestos water lines, replace non-working gate valves and fire hydrants, and repaint and repair the exterior and interior of three elevated tanks.
The engineering feasibility report is schedule to be complete in October. The design phase is to end by Nov. 2.
Construction should begin by Feb. 1, 2021 and be completed in about six months.
The construction phase budget has been estimated at $1,925,194 out of a total budget of $2,606,912.