Montgomery identifies potential source for 5M gallon water leak, but questions remain

Overflow at a water plant may have been the source of Montgomery's 5 million-gallon water leak.

Overflow at a water plant may have been the source of Montgomery's 5 million-gallon water leak.

The city of Montgomery has identified a potential source of its 5 million-gallon water leakage, but questions still remain around the water loss.

At a regular meeting Sept. 24, Montgomery City Council heard a report from Michael Williams, vice president of operations from Gulf Utility Service, explaining the city could only account for 81% of the water it provided to residents in August. The city typically records a 90-95% accountability rate. The loss is part of an ongoing decline in water accountability that began in June when the city water accountability rate dipped to 89%.

Williams said the pumps in the city water plant overflowed, which may have contributed to the water loss. He also said GUS will begin using digital monitors that can more accurately tell when a pump is overflowing.

“We didn’t actually see a physical overflow, but we did see evidence of overflow on the grounds and then behind the plant where the water was dumped,” Williams said.

Council Member Rebecca Huss said the ongoing loss has now cost the city approximately $40,000 and asked how 5 million gallons of water can disappear over the course of several months without anyone noticing.

“There’s a lot of equipment not working, a lot of people not noticing that 5 million gallons of water are missing,” Huss said. “It just feels like your guys are not either out here, not paying attention, you have equipment that’s not working—that this has been the third month of accountability being an issue, and you guys are not taking it as seriously as we are.”

Several other council members echoed Huss’ statement, asking for a clearer plan to protect the city’s water.

“As much and as precious as that resource is, right?” Council Member John Bickford said. “And the amount of revenue that it generates for the city, which is not trivial, the expense it takes to get it out of the ground, which is not trivial—that’s got to be a priority.”

Director of Public Works Mike Muckleroy defended Williams, saying there may be other issues, such as incorrect billing, that contributed to the water loss, not just overflow.

“We know that was part of the problem; we don’t know if it was the whole problem,” Muckleroy said.

Imelda, permits and recognition

  • City Administrator Richard Tramm said the city was not hit hard by Tropical Storm Imelda, but was prepared for the storm nonetheless.



  • Council recommended the Planning and Zoning Committee award a special use permit to Larry Jacobs, who plans on opening a small hotel-motel-type business on his property at Clepper Street. Council held a brief, informal public comment period, during which a neighbor said he supported Jacobs’ business but wanted council to use caution before considering rezoning the area.

  • The city recognized the years of service of former city administrator Jack Yates, who retired this summer.

  • Montgomery City Council with former city administrator Jack Yates. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)[/caption]
SHARE THIS STORY

By Andy Li



MOST RECENT

Boatman Construction of Tomball received the family-owned Small Business of the Year award from Lone Star College-Small Business Development Center. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College announces 6 local Small Business of the Year awards at ceremony in The Woodlands

The Lone Star College Small Business Development Center presented awards to six north Houston-area local businesses at a Nov. 13 luncheon.

A dog receives treatment at Montgomery County Animal Shelter's new wellness clinic.
Montogmery County Animal Shelter opens wellness clinic

The clinic's purpose is to provide basic pet care and vaccines at a low cost.

The Montgomery City Council heard how the public works department identified a potential source for its nearly 9 million-gallon leak Nov. 12. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery Public Works Department identifies potential source for 9 million-gallon leak

Director of Public Works Mike Muckleroy told the Montgomery City Council a public works employee discovered a leak behind the Kroger Marketplace at 20168 Eva St., Montgomery.

Montgomery County commissioners appointed 10 members to the county's new ethics commission at their Nov. 12 regular meeting.
Community Impact Newspaper staff
Montgomery County commissioners approve 10 members for new county ethics commission

Funding for two county flood planning initiatives was also approved at the couty's Nov. 12 meeting.

Conroe ISD trustee Dale Inman criticized Willis ISD at its Nov. 11 meeting. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Community divided over Willis High School drag queen event

Several parents, teachers and residents spoke at the Willis Independent School District meeting Nov. 11.

Snow fell at the Tomball Museum Center in early December 2017 (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Greater Houston area to experience cold front Nov. 11-13; temperature could reach freezing point

The front is not expected to affect travel because the ground is too warm for precipitation to stick.

The HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe board of trustees unveils the hospital's new sign June 25. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe wins national distinction

The award recognizes the hospital's work in "protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care."

The office offers offer insurance, income tax and notary public services. (Courtesy Flash Insurance & Income Tax)
Flash Insurance & Income Tax now open in Conroe

The office offers offer insurance, income tax and notary public services.

Drivers on the Grand Parkway will pay higher tolls come Jan. 1, 2020. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Tolls to increase Jan. 1 on the Grand Parkway

Drivers on the Grand Parkway will see toll rates increase 2% on Jan. 1, 2020.

Manager Shannon Vinecke and owner Robert Aranguren run Cards and Comics Connection. (Andy Li, Community Impact Newspaper.)
Cards and Comics Connection

At Cards and Comics Connection, comic books line the walls, while gaming tables fill the store.

SHSU Physicians will begin seeing patients Nov. 12. (Courtesy Sam Houston State University)
SHSU Physicians clinic to open in Conroe on Nov. 12

The clinic is located at 690 S. Loop 336 W., Ste. 200, Conroe.

Commissional Coffee will celebrate its three-year anniversary on Nov. 17. (Courtesy Sonya Orr/Commissional Coffee)
Commissional Coffee to celebrate three-year anniversary in Conroe

The store stocks various types of fair trade and organic coffee and also has a small gift shop.

Back to top