The City of Navasota is going to need another water tower in the near future.
At Monday’s city council meeting, John MacKay of Bleyl Engineering talked about the water model they have performed recently, where they looked at the 85 miles of water line in Navasota, and their capacities.
“We looked at facilities we have so far, and with our 3,200 meters, we are at capacity with elevated. We are at 98% capacity,” said MacKay “So, we are looking at needing another tower. We will get into the details on why we chose 500,000 gallons later…but we are looking at needing a half million gallon water tower in this town.”
He went on to say that adding just that one well in the ground could allow Navasota to grow 75% further.
They also tested the water pressure in the system, and found it in compliance with state regulations. But, there is one area there is a little concern, and it is where the tower would likely be placed.
“There is an additional need for growth out east of Highway 6. There is a large ridge out on Highway 90, where it looks like it could develop, and it is a bit tall, so we need some pressure out there,” said MacKay. “What we see is a chance…if we can take this tower we need from a capacity standpoint, and place it on the east side of Highway 6, we could kill two birds with one stone.”
He also noted the city may need a pressure regulating system along the way.
Nothing was set in stone, as this was a preliminary study.
No exact time table is set on when a new water tower might be constructed, but MacKay said generally, the timeframe would be in the next two years.