TCEQ: Water Tower in Donna Previously Cited for Maintenance Issues

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DONNA – The process to repair a leak at one of Donna’s water towers will begin Thursday afternoon.

The water continues to spew out from the bottom of the tank located along Salinas Boulevard.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued violations at least four times in the last five years for maintenance issues in the city's water system. 

In January 2016, an inspection report documented "widespread corrosion on the interior and exterior surfaces of the tank." Another inspection done about four weeks ago showed the same problem. 

Jonas Gonzalez, the utilities director at Donna, said the tank is losing between 10 to 15 gallons of water per minute. More than 36 hours later, the tank has lost more than 21,600 gallons of water.

We’re told a company from Grapevine will be looking into the tower by 4 p.m.

The plan is to leave the tank in service and have a diver place a special putty that’s used in the Navy through the inside of the tank, and re-enforce it with a plate.

City officials said they’ve used the technique before on a similar leak in a different tower. If it doesn’t work, they’re going to have to put the tank out of service and drain it, costing the city more money.

Gonzalez said the city is building a new tank, with a capacity to carry 1 million gallons of water, that will replace the damaged one.

The repair process is expected to take a couple of days.

Gonzalez added the leaking tank will be out of service once the new one is built. 

The TCEQ said it continues to monitor the city's progress toward fixing the leaking water. 

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