Brock’s not unlike several other towns in Parker County that lay dotted along Interstate 20 in Parker County. Growing pains associated with a great quality of life, a superior school system and a blooming economy both locally and in nearby Weatherford have Brock making upgrades to its infrastructure.
On Thursday, the Parker County Special Utility District (PCSUD) celebrated doing just that, having a ribbon cutting at its new water treatment plant located at 1200 Tidwell Rd.
“With the amount of growth we were experiencing we knew that we really needed to secure another source of water,” said Derred Dickson, manager of the PCSUD. “So we started in 2009 with a pilot study conducted to determine what treatment technique was needed and what worked best.”
He said the study had to be done in order to get approval from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), to prove that it would meet their standards.
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“Then we worked with our engineering firm, Jacob and Martin, to come up with plans and get approval from TCEQ for construction,” Dickson added. “After that, we secured the funding from the Texas Water Development Board.”
The plant was a $5 million project and the construction contract was awarded in April 2012. The plant was completed in October of last year.
“We had to run it through its paces and make sure everything would run properly before we started supplying water to our customers,” Dickson explained.
Dickson said that the plant is a micro-filtration and reverse osmosis that treats water out of the Brazos River.
“We have a contract with them to provide us with raw water,” he said. “The plant can produce one million gallons of water a day.”
He said the project was a “very long project that a lot of people put time into.”
“A lot of them don't even get paid for it, for example my board of directors,” Dickson said. “As a resident that was raised in the area, I would like thank the board for all their time and effort that they put into this company on a daily basis. There is more that goes into getting water to their tap than most people think about.”
Originally, all of Brock’s water was purchased from the City of Mineral Wells.
“The system was designed to flow water in a southeastern direction,” Dickson added. “Because of that design, we can currently only service approximately 60 percent of our system with the plant.
“With the current level of Lake Palo Pinto being at 8.7 percent, we began working on plans to retrofit our system so the new plant could provide for the whole system.”
He said they are working with the Parker County Commissioner’s Court to sponsor them so they can get a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture.
“Once we complete the project to be able to send water back north and serve our whole system, we should be able to temporarily stop using water from the City of Mineral Wells until the drought is over,” Dickson said. “It should give them a little more capacity to service the city and other entities they supply.”
He said, ultimately, it's going to take everyone working together to get through the drought.
“With all of us working together and the good Lord, hopefully we can come out on the other side of the drought with everyone still with water and a lot of good stories to tell generations to come,” Dickson said. “I really think we all need to look at where our priorities are with water we all take for granted and make the best use of it even after the drought is over.”
In addiction to this project, they also completed 15 miles of upgrades throughout their system in 2011. That project was just under $2 million and a little over $900,000 of it was fro,m a grant through the USDA rural development.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102