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Water Systems Superintendent - Jerry Saldivar 979-337-7434

Water Treatment
The Water Treatment Plant is responsible for providing a safe and consistent supply of drinking water to the citizens of Brenham while maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations.

The City of Brenham's water is supplied from Somerville Lake. The city currently has a contract with the Brazos River Authority for 4,200-acre-feet per year, with the plant rated at 6.98 million gallons per day.

Raw Water Pump Station
Raw Water Pump Station

The water is pulled from the lake through an intake structure and pump station. The water is treated with Chlorine Dioxide as a primary disinfectant which also controls taste and odor. It is then delivered to Brenham through a 24" pipeline over a 14-mile route.

Once the water reaches the treatment plant, it is temporarily stored in a 750,000 gallon "raw water tank" where chloramines are added to complete the disinfection process.

The three towers, West Side, Church St. and Jeffries St., have a combined storage capacity of 1.1 million gallons. Total storage, including elevated and ground storage, is 3.7 million gallons.

The City of Brenham has an excellent long-range water supply, treatment, and distribution capacity. As a supplier of drinking water, the city must provide water that meets federal and state standards. As a consumer, you have the right to know if your water meets those standards.

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West Side Water Tower

Water conservation is the most cost-effective way to reduce water demand. Using less water also puts less pressure on our sewage treatment facilities.

The Water Treatment Plant is operated 24 hours a day. In the event you notice that your water is discolored or has an unusual taste or odor, you can call the Public Utilities Dispatch office any time, 24 hours a day at 979.337.7400. They will dispatch a technician to investigate the problem.

Color codes for Utilities Markings

  • Water Blue
  • Sewer Green
  • Gas Yellow
  • Electric Red

Digging can be dangerous. There are buried utilities throughout the city. Hitting a utility line can be both dangerous and costly. Without knowing the locations of the buried utilities, you jeopardize your safety as well as others and the inconvenience of being without the service.

Before beginning any project that requires you to move earth, DIAL 811. This is a free service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The locate center will contact the city and the utility departments will mark their lines within 2 business days. Wait the required time - at least 2 business days. Once lines are marked, dig with care and dig safely by hand-digging within 18 inches of any marking.

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