Council discuss water, safety issues

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By Karolyn Gephart

Pearland City Council discussed items concerning Pearland water and emergency care during disasters at their recent meeting August 26, 2019 at City Hall. 

On the agenda was the design contracts for the new surface water treatment plant.

The City approved entering into a contract with Freese and Nichols for $1,298,809 for final design services associated with Surface Water Plant Package No. 1. The scope of the work includes preliminary and final design services for the Raw Water Intake Pump Station. It includes site drainage, outfalls and detention.

Staff recommended continuing with the company for their experience and their previous performance.

A new surface water treatment plant package 3 design contract was also approved at the meeting. 

The contract was approved with Stantec Consulting Services in the amount of $2,900,000 for final design services. The contract involves on-site work to design a high service pump facility capable of providing 10 million gallons per day of water.

The contract also involves off-site work that includes a 30 in. water line from the plant to 518 and two 24 inch water lines that go to the Kirby and 521 water plants.

This is a long process to keep residents in the city provided with high quality water now and for the future.

More information on water quality in Pearland can be found at

A new ground storage tank at Bailey Water Treatment Plant will be constructed by DN Tanks Inc in the amount of $1,581,785. The construction involves the replacement of the existing ground storage tank with a 1 million gallon concrete tank.

The concrete tank is stronger than old steel tanks and is expected to last 50 years. The concrete tank that will be placed at the Bailey Plant is like the one currently being installed by the same company at the 521 Water Plant.

In other Council news, an emergency generator is being installed at the Pearland Recreation Center off Bailey Road. The contract was awarded to McDonald Electric in the amount of $1,083,469.

The recreation center is used for a staging area for critical emergency staff as well as a shelter for both first responders and citizens. There is a need for a permanent backup power generator with the capability for intermittent or long term  power for the facility during an emergency or when in use as a shelter.

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