Cottonwood Shores Approves Funding for Water System Protection Efforts


In anticipation of possible inclement weather and power outages, Cottonwood Shores City Council approved spending of up to $ 42,500 to better protect the city’s water system at its regular meeting on Thursday, December 16. .

The first part of the plan finances up to $ 35,000 for the insulation of the pipes exposed to the water treatment plant and the water tower.

The other is no more than $ 7,500 for the installation of a high water telemetry alarm system for the raw materials retention lagoon at the water plant.

“We plan ahead and are proactive,” said City Manager JC Hughes, “in the event of a power outage beyond our control. We do our best in the event of a power failure (Electric Reliability Council of Texas). So these are for the worst scenarios. “

The city draws water from LBJ Lake into a pond for treatment. The funding will insulate exposed raw water pipes and those from the pond to the treatment facility.

“These eight-inch water pipes froze (during the February 2021 storm) and will be isolated,” Hughes said.

The city is also planning to isolate the water pipes to the water tower.

“Each piece of pipe exposed to the elements will be commercially wrapped with high quality commercial insulation,” said Hughes.

At a Cottonwood Shores City Council meeting on December 16, Police Shawn Scarborough (left) presented Constable Nico Martinez with the ‘You’re Making a Difference’ award for saving a woman’s life by administering CPR. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

The alarm system will alert municipal staff to the raw water level in the pond and turn the pumps on or off as needed.

“This is the first phase,” said Hughes. “Right now the system we have is manual and our people have to turn on the pumps based on what they see. It’s visual.

Over the next few months, staff plan to return to the board to request money for Phase 2, which is to upgrade the IT system so that the new alert system automatically triggers an action to turn the devices on or off. pumps according to the water level in the pond.

“The two systems will be able to talk to each other,” said Hughes. “We are setting our priorities to improve the city’s infrastructure.

In other news, the city’s kid-friendly Christmas party is at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 18 at the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department, 640 Birch Lane. Father Christmas and Mrs. Claus will give gifts to each child who attends. There will also be hot chocolate and free hay rides to see the Christmas lights at Cottonwood Shores.

The Town Hall will close at noon on Wednesday, December 22, so staff can take advantage of the Christmas holidays. It will reopen for normal hours at 8 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, December 27-28, and will close at noon on Wednesday, December 29, for the New Year’s holidays. The Town Hall reopens on Monday, January 3, 2022, at normal opening hours.

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