City officials tackle water plant concerns

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
Managing Editor
editor@sbnewspaper.com

City of San Benito

City of San Benito

City of San Benito officials said on Friday that filtration problems at the city’s state-of-the-art water treatment plant may require nearly $100,000 in repairs.

A special meeting of the San Benito City Commission held Monday, May 19, included the presentation of a performance study concerning the plant’s membrane filtration as well as an “assessment and recommendations related to the Process Performance System” of the plant.

Specifically, malfunctioning membrane filters, according to Assistant City Manager Hector Jalomo, appear to be the cause of operational concerns regarding the water plant – a $17 million facility built in 2003 as part of a $32 million infrastructure project, in part funded by the North American Development Bank, that also funded the construction of a wastewater plant and what is commonly referred to as the Freddy Fender water tower.

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