CLOVERLEAF – Customers of HC WCID#36 will soon have an upgrade in their water service, according to general manager Billie Vasquez. The District is planning on replacing their old elevated storage tank with a new one, with a larger capacity.
The old tank, purchased from the “Old Ordinance Depot” in Jacinto Port over 65 years ago, had a capacity of 150,000 gallons. It has been refurbished and standpipes have been replaced over the years. The new one, being built in South Dakota by Maguire Iron, will have a capacity of 250,000 gallons. It will be erected by the contractor, W.W. Payton Corp., this summer after the old tank is tipped over and replaced.
The project is jointly financed by a HUD/CDBG grant from the Harris County Community Services Department of $1,178,622, and a matching grant from the Water District of $295,000.
Vasquez says there are approximately 4000 customers of the district, with water and sewer service. The new tank will allow the district to move to 80% surface water, rather than 60% currently. The balance of the water comes from wells, she said.
The water district has existed since 1942, created by the Harris County Commissioners Court. It was originally known as Fresh Water Supply District #14, and then later WCID#36.
It should be an interesting sight, when the old tank is taken down and the new one erected this spring.