Brady Plans Water Treatment System Upgrades to Reduce Radium


BRADY, TX — City council members received a very welcomed report at their last council meeting this month regarding the plans for a radium reduction project. High levels of radium in the city’s drinking water has been a sore subject for both residents and the city fathers for many years.

The project under the stewardship of civil and geotechnical engineers will employ a construction manager at-risk method for the construction. Appearing to explain and discuss the four-phase project were engineers Joshua Berryhill and Keith Kindle. Breaking the project into four phases allows for equipment procurement and a competitive bidding process, they said.

The engineers explained that Contract A for the first of the four phases consists of constructing a higher elevated storage tank of 500,000 gallons at a current site near Brady Lake and 100,000-gallon storage tank at the municipal airport. The older elevated storage tank will be demolished on south Pine Street.

Contract B for phase two of four entails improvements to the water transmission system. Contract C deals with improvements to the Radium reduction system and the surface water treatment plant. This system and plant was a multi-million dollar effort built shorty after the turn of the century. It was designed to treat surface water out of Brady Lake for transmission to municipal water wells for a blending operation. The plant was constructed during the height of a severe drought and was doomed to failure. The plant and the storage tank that will be replaced stand atop a hill on the southeast side of the lake.

Contract D addresses construction of a 100,000-gallon tank at well number 7 and a 250,000 gallon storage tank at well number 5. Both will be Ground storage tanks.

The completion schedule for each phase was presented. All construction planning services are expected to be complete in October 2019.

  • Contract A - elevated storage planned for completion in September 2021.
  • Contract D - ground storage construction September 2020
  • Contract C - treatment construction April 2021.

Construction of Contract B-transmission construction is scheduled on or about May 2022. All completion dates are with weather delay days factored in, according to the engineers. Berryhill and Kindle explained that after completion, the blending of water will differ. At times the blend will consist of surface and well water and other times it might be ground storage and surface water. Brady water will not necessarily use the same formula each time.

As a background to their experience, the engineers pointed out to two significant and successful water projects for the City of Abilene and three such projects for the City of Granbury.

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