- Water Department
Water/Wastewater Superintendent: James Nix
Assistant Superintendent: David Herrera
WWTP Foreman: Austin Christenson
The City of Brownfield provides domestic water service for the use of homes and businesses as well as for fire protection to all of the area encompassed by the city limits of Brownfield. The city is a member of the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority which was created in the early 1960s to provide water to a number of panhandle and south plains cities. The authority constructed Lake Meredith in the panhandle on the Canadian River. An aqueduct system was built to distribute the water to the member cities. The City of Brownfield is entitled to about 500,000,000 gallons of water per year from the CRMWA. Under a contract with the City of Lubbock, the raw water is treated at a filter plant owned and operated by the City of Lubbock. Brownfield and the other participating cities have funded the modifications necessary to meet the latest safe drinking water standards. Brownfield does not own or operate any water treatment facilities other than chlorinators which are used for disinfection.
In addition to the water supply furnished by the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority, the city owns and operates 2 booster pump stations that receives water from 14 wells in the Ogallala Aquifer giving the capability of supplying all of the city's needs in the event of a failure on the Canadian River Authority. The city's wells alone are capable of producing in excess of 3,000,000 gallons a day. The city retains 900,000 gallons in 3 elevated storage tanks and another 2,050,000 gallons in 3 ground storage tanks. . The system operates with computerized automatic controls 24 hours a day with personnel making periodic checks to monitor the overall operation. Certain vital data is fed by telemetry to the city hall.
The required water samples are taken on a monthly basis and submitted to a lab for analysis. The results of these tests are forwarded to the Texas Department of Health. The purpose of these tests is to check for bacterial contamination. The state also takes samples with its own personnel on a periodic basis for analysis to determine mineral content, suspended solids, and to check for the presence of trihalomethanes. The city water system is in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act as promulgated by the U. S. government.