Donna City Officials: Water Tower Leak Not Affecting Residents

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DONNA – An overnight leak at one of Donna’s city towers will be allowed to run for now.

The leak was first spotted Tuesday along Salinas Boulevard near Donna High School around 10 p.m. Crews examined the leak an hour later.

Many residents aren't thrilled about the situation. They're wondering if the issue will impact their water bills or service.

Susie De La Rosa, a Donna resident, says she doesn't want the leak to affect how much she pays for her water bill or water usage.

"Who's the one that's going to be paying?" De La Rosa said. "Is it going to be us? Are the prices going to increase?"

Interim City Manager Carlos Yerena says this isn't the first time the city has seen something like this.

"We've seen that in the other water tower that we have," he said.

Yerena says they still don't have a cause for the leak that occurred this time.

"We don't know how it started, we just know that it's there," he said.

More than 12 hours later, gallons, upon gallons of water were still gushing out of the bottom of the tower.

Yerena says it's important to fix the problem as soon as possible.

"We've got a company coming in tomorrow and should take us a day or two to get it fixed," said Yerena.

The company will go in with scuba equipment to inspect the damage and see if it can be repaired without draining the tank. The city doesn't want to drain the tank to minimize cost and keep the water that hasn't leaked out in case of an emergency.

Officials said there is no impact on water service for anyone in the city.

"The city of Donna has enough capacity that even if we drain that water tower we can service the entire community," said Yerena.

He explained the water tower isn't where the city's tap water comes from. The tower holds water in case of a major shortage in the city.

In case the leak cannot be fixed through the inside and the tower has to be drained, the reserved water in other storage units will provide as a backup.

He says the city has the leak under control and residents shouldn't worry about water supply or their bills increasing because of the spilled water.

Yerena says for now they're going to let the water spill out until the company can come in and fix the problem.

The interim city manager adds that the city is in the process of building a new water tower that will replace the that is leaking.

The new tower will hold a million gallons and is said to be finished next October.

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