During the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, City Water Attorney Mark Harral presented an update on activities at Blue Ridge Farms.
Harral stated that a fence was needed to block off the entrance to a caliche pit in that area, and the estimated cost would be about $1,000.
According to Harral, Blue Ridge Farms is becoming a municipal well field and would require all parts to be within TCEQ compliance. The city is responsible for having an operator in the area with a Class C license. Director of Public Works Aaron Ramos and Assistant Director Robbie Dominguez are both authorized to take on this task.
Dominguez and Harral have been keeping a close eye on all meters in the Blue Ridge Farm area to make sure the city is receiving the payment they are due by WaterBridge’s movement of water. At this time, Dominguez monitors meters two times a week and Harral receives pictures of the meters each day. In the near future, however, automated meters will be installed; this will give individuals the capability to monitor the water levels remotely from a phone or computer. WaterBridge will pay for this installation.
Harral also discussed that the Middle Pecos Groudwater Conservation District (MPGCD) filed an open records request for the full WaterBridge agreement earlier this fall. However, the attorney general ruled that the information in the agreement could potentially be used against the city by competitors, and that the city was not required to release the information because of this.