Since its coin-operated system broke, a city employee has to be present to unlock and open the valve for any customers that purchase water to fill a portable tank. A new system would cost nearly $20,000.
The Snyder City Council had a choice to make: continue to operate the system as it is with employees leaving their work inside the plant to help two to three customers each day, buy the new system or discontinue bulk sales.
At Monday's special meeting, the council voted to purchase the new $19,995 system. As part of the city's ordinance that sets rates, pricing for bulk water was approved on second reading.
The council also approved a new $1,000 deposit for non-city owned water meters attached to fire hydrants, which are generally used by contractors as part of the ordinance.
In other water-related action, the council approved a contract to be presented to the Union/Fluvanna Water Supply putting into place a $750 monthly fee for the ability to remain connected to Snyder's water delivery system.
The connection is needed to meet Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requirements that water supply systems have an emergency backup.
The fee is equivalent to the cost of a three day supply of water, which Snyder must keep in reserve and cannot sell to another customer.
The council also approved a general scope of work with Energy Savings Group for projects at the water treatment and wastewater plants. The $2.8 million project will upgrade existing equipment and also includes the construction of two raw-water retention ponds.
There were no comments during a minute- long public hearing on the annexation of 5.518 acres of land that could be the future home of a Walmart Supercenter.