News and January 26 Board Meeting Highlights

Trash and Recycle Information (Trevor Royal of WCA)

Recycle and trash containers are not required to be placed in the street.  They may be placed on the sidewalk or as close to the curb as practical.

To report recycle or trash problem please go to the District’s home page at www.pecangrovemud.com

Recycle and trash hauling trucks look the same – BUT GO TO APPROPRIATE DESTINATIONS.

Crews are not allowed to accept trash in a recycle container.

Crews work from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or later on heavy load days).

Operation of the Parks (Marcus Campbell of Time and Season)

T&S lowered the flags to half-staff from January 10th thru 13th at Pecan Grove Park and Memorial Park in honor of US Capital Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood.

Due to COVID-19, T&S completed additional cleaning as per the approval of the board for the month of December.

T&S was authorized at the October meeting to fertilize and herbicide the new trees at Pecan Grove Park. This has been completed. We have also pruned the trees. Stakes and mulch will be completed in March.

T&S was authorized at the November meeting to move forward with tree trimming along area B (Pitts Road to Levee turns south); area C (Plantation Road South and around to end of area B – chain link fence); area A (FM 359 to Pitts Road) and area D (Timothy Ln to the north). This work is in process and expected to be completed by end of week January 25th

T&S was authorized at the September meeting to move forward with new playground equipment and “kiddie cushion” surface material for Windmill Park. These  improvements have been received and installed. T&S was also authorized at the November meeting to repair and paint the pavilion. This has been completed. See playground photo below.

Pecan Grove VFD Report for December (Chief Joe Woolley)

COVID-19 protocol continues as written.

Our PPE stock is in good shape for now.

Our call volume has increased each month over the last year, mostly due to our population increasing as Harvest Green fills up and Covid – 19 also plays a part. We are responding to positive cases sometimes daily, about 5 to 6 per week.

We have had about 17 volunteers take the Covid vaccine. Duty crew members are either taking it through their full-time department or declining to take it at all. Most are refusing the vaccine.

In December we had 3 duty crew members become positive and missed some work, they have all recovered and back to work.

I am still closing out 2020 but we responded to just over 1,100 calls for service, another record for PGVFD

Stay Safe and Healthy.

Joey

Sheriff’s Office Report  (Lt. W. Hasted)

Four of the BMVs occurred at the Apartment Complex. Two smashed windows, one unlocked and one unknown how entry was made.

Extracts from Report by District Operator (EDP)

Adjusted Water Accountability: 96.1%

Customer Visits to District Office:  365

Water Sources for Period Ending December 15:

  • Wells – 7,078,000 gallons, 15.5%
  • Surface – 38,471,000 gallons, 84.5%

Drinking Water Testing

We collected 15 bacteriological samples in the month of December 2020. Daily distribution system disinfection testing confirmed the drinking water system met the state and federal compliance standard for disinfection.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Effluent

There were no permit excursions for the month of December 2020. The Wastewater Treatment Plant is operating at 47% of the design flow.

Surface Water Treatment Plant Membrane Health Check

I was authorized at the October meeting to initiate an overall membrane system health check to be performed by PALL Water at the surface water treatment plant. This is scheduled for completion the week of February 17th.

Surface Water Treatment Plant Ammonia Monochloramine Analyzer Replacement

I was authorized at the November meeting to purchase and install a new 5500sc Ammonia Monochloramine analyzer. The analyzer has been delivered and we are scheduling installation and start up.

Surface Water Treatment Plant Low Range and Ultra High Range Turbidimeter Replacement

I was authorized at the November meeting to purchase and install three new TU5300sc low range and three new TU5400sc ultra high range turbidimeters. The turbidimeters have been delivered and we are scheduling installation and start up.

Surface Water Treatment Plant TCEQ Required Program Modifications

On January 13th, we moved forward with program changes to the PALL membrane system’s DIT (Direct Integrity Test) recording system for an estimated cost of $7,900.00. TCEQ has mandated that by April 2021 the DIT parameters shall change to record and report the lowest pressure of the test not the final reading. This was approved so that we would be at the front of the line of plants to be in compliance.

In-Progress Water Distribution, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water Repairs: 10

Significant Repairs From Previous Month: 18

Water Meter Replacement

We continue to replace meters as they approach the one and one half million gallon mark as well as hard to read and stuck meters. There is a total of 5,004 meters replaced to date, with 2 meter(s) replaced this month.

Sidewalk Repairs

No sidewalks were repaired in December to minimize disruption of sidewalk traffic, Christmas decorations, etc.  However, next month sidewalk repairs will resume.

Visitors last month to PGMUD website: 1965

Subscribers to PGMUD News and Alerts: 3546

Click here to view Projects Under Construction and Design.