Bullard City Council looks into expanding water capacity

Published on Wednesday, 9 July 2014 23:33 - Written by Faith Harper, fharper@tylerpaper.com

The city of Bullard is looking into expanding its water capacity.

The city council voted Monday evening to approve issuing certificate of obligation for up to $1.9 million for the construction of a new water well.

Utilities Director David Hortman said the city currently operates three wells and has a fourth emergency backup well, but with growing population and industrial demands, the city must look into upping its capacity per Texas Commission of Environmental quality (TCEQ) standards.

Hortman said TCEQ has an algorithm that compares the population with the number of meters in the city with an estimate water usage per person.

“It’s a calculation of how much we can supply compared to the demand,” he said.

He said the city is aiming to buy land outside the city limits to the west, but it’s not exact science as to where would be the best place for the well.

“We won’t be going north toward Tyler or south toward Jacksonville,” he said. “We know that (the west) side of town produces good water now.”

Hortman said the city won’t know exactly what kind of well will be needed until it performs test drills to dig down into the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer below.

Bullard Finance Director Brent Stephenson said the city may increase its commercial water rates to help pay back the certificates of obligation, which do not need voter approval to issue, but added the city is early in a timeline for the potential project and no solid figures are set.

“The last time the city went up on any sort of rate was before 2006, and it went up $1 on the base rate,” Stephenson said.