July 20, 2022: Press Release – Joshua, TX
The District Board of Directors met on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 4:30 PM.
JCSUD’s General Manager Pete Kampfer called on Johnson County residents and business owners to voluntarily reduce water use, joining the call from state and local leaders to step up water conservation efforts. Johnson County faces one of the driest years on record. JCSUD’s proactive water conservation and drought response includes information outreach through traditional and social media outlets. For more information about JCSUD, visit jcsud.com or call Customer Service at 817-760-5200.
The Board of Directors approved the purchase of a 1-meter Belt Press for the District's Wastewater Treatment Plant. Utilizing a Belt Press to de-water wastewater solids reduces the volume of residuals, improves operation, and reduces costs for subsequent storage, processing, transfer, end use, or disposal. Construction and delivery of the Belt Press are projected to take six to seven months. The District's Engineering Department is working with the manufacturer to determine the Belt Press equipment's housing, electrical, and water requirements.
The Board also approved LCRA Environmental Lab to analyze water quality parameters samples as required by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Per the Lead and Copper Rule and following TCEQ Ch. 290 rules for all systems serving more than 50,000 persons, regardless of source, water quality parameter samples must be completed during two consecutive six-month sampling periods. The sampling periods will be July 1 through December 31, 2022, and January 1 through June 30, 2023. Within three months after the consecutive six-month water quality sampling events are completed, or by September 20, 2023, JCSUD will recommend optimal water quality parameters to be submitted to the TCEQ. TCEQ will review the submittal, and final water quality optimal parameters will be designated.
The Deputy General Manager, Josh Howard, and Communications Manager, Sinclaire Newby, presented the 2022 JCSUD Customer Survey results. JCSUD will utilize the information received through the survey during budget planning workshops to assist in resource allocating to continue improving tools and services provided for customers.
The Operations and Utility Service Department have worked aggressively to reduce water loss within the system. In the last 120 days, total water loss percentages have decreased from 14% in April to 12% in May and 8% in June. The staff has accomplished this by meeting weekly to discuss strategies to mitigate water loss through training on best practices, timely addressing system damages and repairs, and evaluating infrastructure with a high report of leakage. The staff is working on completing the installation of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) metering system and investigating the need for District Metering Areas (DMA's) throughout the system.