We all take for granted that each time we turn on a faucet we will receive crystal clean water used to drink, cook and bathe, and lot of work goes into achieving that crystal clean water. The City of Deer Park owns and operates a surface water treatment plant with an in-house laboratory. The City purchases raw, untreated water from the City of Houston. We receive our water from the Trinity River, via the Coastal Water Authority. The “raw” or river water is delivered to the City of Deer Park via large pipelines to the treatment plant. This Department operates the treatment plant, 3 elevated water storage tanks, ground storage tanks, and 3 ground water well sites and pumping stations. The plant treats 1.5 billion gallons of water a year.
The water plant uses a multiple barrier approach to drinking water treatment. This means that the treatment system has been designed to reduce and eliminate contaminants to levels that have been established by the state and federal government. Regular water samples are pulled city-wide and tested in our lab to ensure compliance with TCEQ.
One of the unique features of Deer Park's Water Treatment Plant is the state-certiﬁed laboratory operated by the Public Works Department staff. Deer Park is one of the few small cities in Texas to operate such a facility.
The water plant operation is overseen by Supervisor Nicholas Cook, and Assistant Supervisor Matt Noland. The staff includes a lab technician, maintenance tech, and 6 operators.