Monday, June 26, 2017

MOON XTRA #11
For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2017

8:00 am



Contact:          Rob Dean, 432-371-2737

                        rgvranger@yahoo.com

                     

Study Butte residents will struggle again today without water as an all out effort will be made to fill the Bee Mtn storage tank.  Additional trucks are expected from Alpine and Ft. Stockton to assist in hauling water to the tank. When sufficient has been delivered SBWSC will again pressurize the lines to deliver water to residents.  Pressurization of the lines may take up to 24 hrs and residents are strictly urged to limit water use while pressurization occurs.



Transporting water will continue throughout until the system can be restored to normal operations. Expectations are high that the new pump motor will be ready for delivery tomorrow.  SBWSC hopes to be able to begin producing water this week after 8 days of restricted production.  Production remains at 42 gallons per minute (gpm) which is not enough to maintain sufficient pressure in the system and meet the demands of the customers.  At capacity, almost 200 gallons of water (GPM) can be produced.



With the all out effort, volunteers with a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) are needed to help relieve drivers.  Volunteers are encouraged to contact Terlingua Fire and EMS today at 432-371-3103 or Jason Blanton at 432-599-3232.



All residents are advised to continue water conservation while the system is being repaired.  Level 4 Water Conservation Emergency measures remains in effect and the Boil Water notice is still in effect. This means water may be used for normal household use while watering lawns, gardens, washing vehicles is prohibited.  Any water used for consumption should be boiled prior to use (see www.studybuttewater.com for details).



Drinking water remains available to those in need at the Terlingua EMS building from daily 10am to 2pm.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

MOON XTRA #10 Water Crisis

For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2017
2:40 pm

Study Butte residents will soon be out of water again as heavy use has caused pressure and tank storage problems.  Residents began getting water yesterday as transport tucks delivered water to the Bee Mtn tank.  Unfortunately demand is too high to maintain a volume of water in the tank to pressurize the system.  As a result the water will be turned off from Study Butte to Desert Sports.  Ghostown residents and users should continue to have water.  The Level 4 Water Conservation Emergency measures remains in effect and the Boil Water notice is still in effect. This means water may be used for normal household use while watering lawns, gardens, washing vehicles is prohibited.  Any water used for consumption should be boiled prior to use (see www.studybuttewater.com for details).

 Drivers with a CDL who can volunteer their time are needed to help transport water to the tank.  The water is available to transport however drivers are limited.  “If have a CDL and can volunteer your time to help move water please call 432-599-3232.  We could really use your help.” Noted SBWSC plant operator Jason Blanton.

 Drinking water remains available to those in need at the Terlingua EMS building from daily 10am to 2pm.

 Emergency water operations will continue until the system is repaired.OON XTRA #10 Water Crisis


MOON XTRA #9 on the Water Crisis



Water is now available to most of the area.  Use is very high and if use is not curtailed we will run out of water.  Running out of water means the system will be shut down until water volume can be increased in our storage tanks.

Level 4 Emergency Water Conservation conditions have been declared and it is important to not waste water.  Residents should not wash vehicles, water lawns, fill kiddie pools, use water carelessly; residents should make sure taps are closed, not leaking, and ensure each family member helps in our conservation efforts. Water needed for consumption should be boiled as per the posted Boil Water notice.

Water will continue to be trucked to the Bee Mtn tank.  Crews delivered another 14000 gallons today and will continue the effort tomorrow.

Drinking water remains availed to everyone at the Terlingua ESB from 10 am to 2 pm.

We have shown great concern for our neighbors during this crisis and we still need a strong conservation effort to ensure all our neighbors have water.

Holler at me for information or questions...

Rob
432-371-2737
Rgvranger@yahoo.com

Friday, June 23, 2017

MOON XTRA #6, #7 and #8

LA POSADA MILAGRO's Espresso...y Poco Mas will be open always 7 days a week..7:30-1pm.
Come and enjoy great Big Bend Coffee Roasters and French Toast/fresh eggs/Wrights bacon and smoothies and juices and sodas and lots of good delicious sandwiches, everything made as you like it.
We have free Wifi and please enjoy it even after we have closed. In the heart of the TERLINGUA GHOSTOWN. We may not have water but we are still open and the food and drinks are great.

Water was turned on to Study Butte this afternoon.  The lower reaches of the system are now getting water...the system is filling slowly to prevent hi pressure blowouts on weaker portions of the system.  For example, the La Kiva is the lowest tap and is getting water now.  Those living at elevations above Terlingua Creek will have water later than those residents living lower. Patience will see us through at upper elevations as await a fully pressured system.  The west side and Terlingua Ghostown are expected to be turned on as the eastern portion fills.
So far so good...let's sleep soundly tonight knowing we can shower in the morning.
Rob

Water has been restored to Study Butte and the lower elevations on the system are now getting some water. Upper elevations will likely have water by morning.  The pressure is slowly being raised to prevent damage to the system.  For example,  La Kiva is the lowest tap on the system and it now has water - those living at elevation will get water after the lower portion has filled.
The west side and Terlingua Ghostown will be pressured as the Study Butte side fills. We should all have water in the morning for a nice short shower...
There are a lot of folks to thank at this point...

 Update from Lajitas:
“During this time of need, Lajitas is happy to supply non-potable water to SBWSC customers. Please contact Bob Farley at 408-505-3776 in advance to make arrangements. Also, Bottled Drinking water is available at the General Store. Please bring a copy of your water bill and your own container to fill. Hours of availability are 8am-5pm daily and will be distributed based on demand so please be sure to call in advance. Shower facilities at Maverick Ranch RV park are available to SBWSC customers during this time as well-please contact the Maverick Ranch RV park at 432-424-5180 for more information”


MOON XTRA #5 on Water Crisis


NEWS RELEASE

Study Butte Water Supply Corporation (SBWSC)

For Immediate Release:

June 23, 2017

 Contact:         Rob Dean,      (432)371-2737              
Terlingua and Study Butte residents and businesses continue to be without water today.  The transfer of water to the Bee Mtn tank is complete for today with over 71,000 gallons transported by Big Bend National Park and Terlingua Fire and Emergency Services tankers.  The SBWSC system will be slowly pressurized this evening to provide water to our customers.  If water pressure and demand allow, the system should provide water tonight and most of tomorrow.  We are asking customers to be very conservative in their water use.  A Level 4 Water Conservation Emergency is still in effect.  This means water may be used for normal household use while watering lawns, gardens, washing vehicles is prohibited. Tankers will continue to transport water through the emergency to insure demand is met.  Conserving water use will help to keep our system running.      
County, local officials, and good neighbors are working to ensure drinking water is available to local water customers.  Water is available at the SBWSC plant during normal business hours and is subject to the Boil Water Notice (see www.studybuttewater.com).  Drinking water has been donated by the Red Cross, West Texas Food Bank, Big Bend Hospital District,  Big Bend Brewery, Family Crisis Center and others and remains available to those in need at the Terlingua EMS building from 10am to 2pm.  
The new motor for Well #1 is expected to be arrive on Thursday, June29 with hopes of installation, testing, and production to be completed by Saturday, July 1.   

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Moon Xtra #4 on the Water Crisis

From Rob Dean, PIO:

Amigos,

As of noon today we have moved over 71000 gallons of water to the Bee Mtn storage tank.  At 6:30 this evening we plan on slowly pressuring the system and provide water to our customers.  Customers should be aware that the water is still under the boil water notice and can expect air in the lines as the pressure builds.  The water may be cloudy, brown, rust, or bubbly and can be used for washing and flushing.  We also remind everyone that the Level 4 Water Conservation Requirements are still in effect...please be very conservative with your water use.

While we will try to provide water continuously we should be aware that if we are unable to maintain pressure or water volume we will need to limit the hours of operation.

Please share as appropriate...my contact list is related to ignorance...

Call me or email with questions...
432-371-2737...leave a message and I will get back with you. Or you can email me at rgvranger@yahoo.com.

Rob
MOON Extra #3 on Water Crisis

UPDATE - Study Butte Water Supply Corporation 10 am
The Workers...
Today crews from BBNP and Terlingua Fire and EMS and Brewster County Sheriffs Office and volunteers continue to transfer water to the Bee Mtn. storage tank. We hope to bring the tank level to 70,000 gallons or more by 1 pm today. If you see them thank them for their efforts in getting the system back on line.
The Plan...
The operations plan calls for the system to be slowly pressurized by 6:30 pm today in hopes of providing water through the evening and tomorrow. We are turning on the water slowly so it does not blow out valves or connectors. Expect your tap to blow air as the pressure builds. Your water may be discolored and have air bubbles - remember a boil water notice is still in effect for your drinking water. The length of service will depend on usage, demand and storage volume. We ask that all users be very conservative in their water usage...the less we use the longer it stays on...
The Friends...
There has been an outpouring of support from our neighbors. Thanks to Brewster County Sheriffs Office, Brewster County Judge and Commissioners, Terlingua Fire and EMS, Big Bend National Park, Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend,West Texas Food Bank, Big Bend Regional Hospital District, Lajitas On The Rio Grande, Congressman Will Hurd, USDA, Big Bend Resorts and Adventures, the Red Cross...plus 100s of volunteers. I am sure that there are others that I have left off with apologies...let me know and I'll add to the list.
The Community...
Strong people with few complaints and lots of interest and support. Glad to be part of it...



Water operations will continue today with transferring water this morning to the Bee Mtn. tank. About 50,000 gallons were tansferred yesterday and another 20,000 will be moved this morning. Commissioner Ortega is hoping to deliver 40,000 by truck as well as find a well pump for the system while we await the new motor.
Once water transfer has been completed, the system will be slowly pressurized in an effort to provide some water to our customers. We will do our best to keep you informed of the progress.
Local neighboring communities continue to help with drinking water deliveries.
We appreciate the community outreach and the patience and understanding of everyone while we deal with this crisis.
Please feel free to give me a call if you need more information or assistance. I am available at 432-371-2737...leave a message and I will get back with you. Or you can email me at rgvranger@yahoo.com.
Luego,
Rob Dean, PIO


http://bigbendgazette.com/2017/06/22/study-butte-water-supply-pump-failure-causes-water-outage/


Just a reminder that bottled water is available at the TFEMS station for those who need it.

Also, Terlingua Ranch has advised us that they would like to remind everyone that 25 gallons of potable water per week is available to all property owner households. They also have potable water (up to 50 gallons per day) and non-potable water (up to 500 gallons per day) available for purchase at the Terlingua Ranch office. And, don't forget - they also have public showers available.