Despite assurance from a representative working on the Palmview wastewater project that the project is moving smoothly, the city of Palmview is looking at an early 2020 year of completion for the project that will bring sewer services to the city.
“There already has been delays,” interim city manager Leo Olivares said Wednesday. “We’ve been told by the Agua Special Utility District that the project would be operational mid-2019 and then it got pushed to the last quarter of 2019 and that was before last month’s flood.
The city has expectations that this will be realistically operational in 2020.”
A 2020 completion would be three years after the $42 million project broke ground in the city. The project, which was a decade in the making, will connect 1,600 homes in the city to four lift stations that are currently under construction that will ultimately be connected to the wastewater treatment plant in the city of Mission.
Palmview remains the biggest city in the county without sewer services, Olivares said.
Reddy Kajuluri, project engineer for S&B Infrastructure, spoke to the Palmview City Council Tuesday during their latest meeting to prove an update on the project.
“As of now we have three different contractors at different points of completion in their contract,” Kajuluri said.
The first two phases of the project will connect homes to sewer lines on the city’s west and east side, respectively. Phase three will construct four lift station the homes will be connected to and phase four will connect the lift stations to Mission’s treatment plant.
Kajuluri said Tuesday phase one and two are at 80 and 40 percent complete, respectively. He also said Agua SUD will soon go out for bids on phase four of the project.
“We anticipate some delays but in terms of the first contract that shouldn’t affect the whole project,” Kajuluri told the council. “They each have their own schedule and as long as the three other projects are completed we should be fine.”
Even with Kajuluri’s guarantee, Olivares said the recent flood in the city may have caused some delays.
Last May, the Peñitas-based construction company 2gs LLC began the process of repaving the 20 miles of streets that were dug up by Agua SUD to lay down sewer lines all over the city.
During last month’s rain that flooded most of the county, sinkholes formed along Farm-to-Market Road 495 between Bentsen and Minnesota Roads-streets that had recently been paved.
Olivares said seven cars ended up being stuck in those sinkholes that were created when Agua’s contractor-L&G Infrastructures-did not properly compact the streets before turning them over to 2gs LLC to be paved.
“We’re now doing extensive soil testing to make sure these streets and now all the newly turned over streets are properly compacted to prevent this from happening again,” Olivares said.
Kajuluri also told the council that any questions or concerns regarding construction of the project can be directed to Agua SUD instead of the city.