In this episode of NacChat, Amy visits with Steve Bartlett to discuss water quality and how the #CityofNac handles problems with our water! Stay tuned to find out more details about the upcoming LIVE rumor-mill with Amy and Larissa!
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Get to know Steve Bartlett before jumping into the hot topic of Water! (1:42)
Amy and Steve break down what happens during boil water notices and other water concerns. (2:15)
Water systems in the City of Nacogdoches can be a little confusing- after all, the City owns 346 miles of water lines and 20 million gallons of water stored in towers around the city!
Where does our water come from? (4:00)
Nacogdoches has two water sources, nine water wells and Lake Nacogdoches. Surrounding communities outside of the city limits are services differently than those within the city.
What happened last week with the water boil notice? (5:29)
The recent boil water notice came from the Central Heights area. A sensor went out on a tank, causing pressure to dropped below 20 PSI. The state requires all city entities to issue a boil water notice when this occurs.
How is the public notified about these problems? (8:23)
Notices on water concerns come from the state of Texas, not the City of Nacogdoches. The state requires this information to be sent to the newspaper. Inside the City limits, our water department uses the 'Blackboard' system that will notify citizens by contacting them directly. Social media is also used to reach a large group of people in a small amount of time.
Steve discusses the timeline that is followed when problems with our water arises. (10:30)
How is our water treated and what are some major misconceptions about our water quality? (12:21)
The City of Nacogdoches continuously tests for nearly 140 different things that may be in the water, depending on where the water comes from. Our water is ranked superior in the state of Texas! A complete annual report is sent out in July with your city water bill for all of the tests ran on our water quality.
You can read our most recent water quality report here! (Note: This report is from 2016. The 2017 report will be in the water bills on or before July 1.)
What are the main differences between tap water and filtered water? (15:58)
Amy meets with Larissa for our latest rumor-mill! (20:48)
As seen on Facebook: Popeyes on Nacogdoches Road (22:03)
Huddle Time with Nacogdoches ISD (24:41)
LIVE NacChat at Nacogdoches Rotary on June 20 (29:03)
Amy Mehaffey began her work with the City of Nacogdoches in July 2015. Prior to this, she worked as a 4-H Specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. In this role she did marketing and promotion for the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program and served as the event coordinator for Texas 4-H Roundup, the agency’s largest event. Amy graduated in May 2015 with her PhD in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences with an emphasis in youth development. During the pursuit of this degree she also received a certificate in Prevention Science and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Previously, she completed a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Communications at Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s of Science in the same field at Texas Tech University. Amy is also a freelance photographer and enjoys Texas A&M football in the fall. She is married to John Michael Mehaffey who is a professor of Animal Science at Stephen F. Austin State University. They are proud parents to Hattie Mae Mehaffey, born September 1, 2016 and are expecting another, Hunter Leigh Mehaffey in July 2018.