Thousands of Residents Get Hot Water From Cold Faucet

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

Nothing beats the heat like a cool glass of water, but a lot of local residents can't get that from the tap during the summer months.

Bryan Water Services says this summer some residents were getting water up to 105 degrees coming from the cold faucet, and part of that is because of water coming from deep underground.

Charles Rhodes with Bryan Water Services says with hot temperatures, the water provided to Bryan residents coming from the underground aquifer is about 118 degrees.

Cooling towers help lower the temperature. From there the water is transferred to a storage facility, and then a pump facility, then treated and distributed via transmission lines.

"If a customer is close to one of our main transmission lines or they are in an area of high demand, that water has less time to set and just cool,” said Rhodes.

The farther away from the lines, the greater the chances Bryan residents will get cooler water. The problem is the storage units hold about 10,000 gallons at a time and the demand is about 20,000 gallons a day.

"That is our weak link in our chain right now. We can produce more water than we can cool. When our demand gets up, we lose our effectiveness,” said Rhodes who says they are working on a solution.

Starting October, a new cooling station will be constructed and completed by next summer. All in hopes to make sure the demand can be met at the desired water temperature.

On average, it costs the city $20,000 a month to keep the cooling stations running. The city says that's why they turn them on only during the warmer months of the year.


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