Cost-Effective Changes without Disruption to Service and Operations at Weslaco

Client Situation

Inframark has been providing operation and maintenance services for the City of Weslaco, Texas, since 2015. We currently operate the City’s19.1 million gallons per day (MGD) water treatment plant (WTP), two wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) at 5.5 and 2.5 MGD, respectively, and 51 lift stations. Prior to our taking over, Weslaco had a significant number of major repairs that were needed at the WWTPs and had a new WTP that it had just commissioned.

Inframark Solution

As a reliable and valued partner in the operations of the utility, we consistently sought to make the necessary improvements in a cost-effective and responsible manner. In making these major repairs and capital upgrades, we prioritized the program to ensure continued compliance while safeguarding the environment. For example, we rehabilitated many components at the WWTPs, including several lift stations. These repairs and enhancements performed in house resulted in significant savings. We also developed a fiscally responsible operating plan for the new WTP, which was at the end of its expansion when the contract took effect.

Inframark Results

Inframark has made more than $900,000 of system improvements in the past three years without any interruption to operations or quality of service. Specifically, we:

  • Made several capital upgrades to the lift stations at a cost of about $500,000.
  • Improved nearly a dozen components of both WWTPs, including clarifiers, aerators, ultraviolet and polymer systems, for less than $300,000.
  • Made repairs to the sedimentation basin flight and chain at the WTP in house for $10,000.

Replaced in house all of the starters and breakers (and other electrical components) at the lift stations for about $90,000, less than what we would have paid an outside contractor.

Entering into a contract with Inframark has been a positive move for us. Inframark has proven to be a reliable provider. We have been very pleased with the team. Very professional and courteous.
David Suarez
Mayor, City of Weslaco
Due to a loss of pressure in the City of Houston caused by a power outage, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required that the following MUDs, City of Hilshire Village Harris County MUD 182 Harris County MUD 372 Harris County MUD 420 be notified to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc) because your MUD receives water directly from the City of Houston. Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions). To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes. When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, you will be notified that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect a notice rescinding the boil water notice will be issued in a manner similar to this notice. For additional questions you can contact our Customer Care line at 281-579-4500.