Much is happening!
It has been a couple of months so here is an update.
Water Supply - with the help of our new operators, we have evaluated our water supply and equipment. We are truly blessed with a great water supply. First, our water level rose 44' after all the rain we have had this Spring and historically it has not dropped that much even in dry years. Next, our pump in the well is approximately 150' under water. Then we looked at the capcity of our equipment. Based on the average used now, we have the ability to supply more than 500 additional connections or homes in the Flying L. We have the water and we have the equipment in place.
Water Quality -There is no reason the Flying L cannot have the best water in the hill country. First I told you about vacuuming the water tanks and line flushing. We are now in our 3rd month of regular flushing. This does 2 things. It removes the sediment built up in the lines over the years and secondly, it gets rid of the air. If there are air bursts, this is a problem. But the air I am referring to is when the water comes out milky. There is no reason for this if lines are flushed, it should come out crystal clear.
What is added to the water? Two chemicals are added to the water, Chlorine gas and polyphosphate. Both of the regulators that controls these have been replace or rebuilt because they were not working properly. Chlorine is necessary to kill any bacteria but we do not want to taste it. The polyphosphate takes the iron out of the water. The iron is what causes the red or brownish ring in your clean toilet.
Regulating these chemicals is a balancing act, but it is much improved. It seems like we had the iron taken care of and then it reappeared. As adjustments take place, it takes time to work its way around the system. At my house, it seems to be good now but I want to hear if there is a problem at your house.
If you have water quality issues, please speak up. We will fix it.
Many of us have home filters, my goal is to not need them.
Autodialers - at the water plant, sewer plant and lift stations, we are installing autodialers. These are connected to cell devices that will call us if there is a problem. They are connected to the major functions of each facility and will detect and warn us of problems, long before it affects our residents. For example, when the bird flew into the transformer last month, we would have known it and replaced the fuse before anyone knew.
Generators- a backup power plan is something we have long needed. It will be very expensive and we are looking at several financing options, including leasing. By the end of the year they should all be in place. So any electrical issues will cause the generators to power our wells and sewer system and the autodialers will alert us so we can address any issue that arises. Our goal is to do so before any of the residents even know there is a problem.
Trash Update - you may have noticed, it has been a while since the dumpsters have over flowed. Our residents are doing a very good job breaking down boxes and taking brush to the burn pile. There have been a few penalties assessed to residents, but not many. The constable has followed up on several illegal dumpers and it seems to have slowed down. The new camera system is working very well, we get clear, clean images to patrol activity. If you have someone working for you and they dump, please come with them. They will be questioned.
Tax Rate - On September 13, there will be a public hearing to discuss the tax rate for next year. The board has decided to propose the same rate as last year. After the public hearing, the board will vote to make it official.