Monday, July 30, 2012

City's Pumping Setup at South Pool

Below is a slide show of pictures taken of the pumps and piping at Twin Buttes Reservoir's South Pool.  Click the forward arrow at the bottom of the slide set to see the pictures.  Don't forget the city's assumptions for the transfer and projected savings, no water loss and pumping during low evaporation time of year.  Missed it by that much...    San Angelo’s Draining of South Pool at Twin

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pumping Just Days Away

The City plans to commence emptying the South Pool starting August 1.  Water will once again flow through the Equalization Channel to the North Pool, courtesy of several large pumps.

The pad is next to the public access area for the South Pool.  It remains to be seen how loud the pumps are.  The City said it would maintain access to the South Pool during pumping.  The schedule approximates a regular workday, with the public having to leave around 5:00 or 6:00 pm.  That was the city's position several weeks ago. 

The pictures are from July 21 when I sailed a light air longboard and a 7.5 square meter Naish sail.  I doubt I get much workweek time on the water, but hope to chronicle the draining of the South Pool on weekends. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

South Pool Pumping Weeks Away

The pad for Gajeske's pumps sits next to the only public access to the South Pool.  I wonder how loud the pumps will be when operating?  A path has been cut to pipe the water.

Water will be pumped to the boat ramp in the Equalization Channel.

Once it starts on August 1, half of the Equalization Channel will have a flowing stream.

The City's assumptions of saving on evaporation by combining the two pools and no seepage look highly suspect. 

This may soon be a fond memory:

Pray for Councilman Alexander's medium rain that will refill the South Pool overnight.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

South Pool Pumping to Start August 1

The City of San Angelo will begin emptying the South Pool at Twin Buttes on August 1.  The picture above shows where the city will house pumps, at least that's my assumption.  It differs from a prior plan shown to Council:

I can see why the city didn't want to build a road base to the location indicated above.  It appears they will pipe the water to the area around the Equalization Channel's boat ramp. 

I took pictures the morning of July 4th, when I windsurfed the South Pool and got some great rides on a 6.6 sail and 130 liter shortboard.  The pump location next to the public area raised concerns about access to the South Pool after August 1, so I e-mailed Carl White. Parks Director for the City.  Carl got back to me quickly, which I appreciate:

The (South) pool will be open during the day even after the pumping starts, which will be 1 August. The public will have access to the South Pool during the day. The pool will be closed during the evenings. I got the understanding that the pool would be closed by the contractor after their work was complete for the day around 5-6 pm.

That cuts out weekday windsurfing after work, but at least I can get weekend access.

I'll take pictures to show the progress.