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Kempner Water Supply's Response to Covid-19

Members,

Due to Covid-19 our lobby is currently closed to the public. However, there are multiple ways to pay your bill.

  • Night Drop
    • If you choose this payment method, we ask that you make sure your payment type is legible and clearly marked with a name, address, and account number. If you pay with cash, please put it in an envelope along with your bill stub or a note with the above information written on it.
  • Online
    • Go to our website at kempnerwsc.com and click bill payment on the right side, then click pay your bill now. You will have a window pop up that asks for your account number. If you don’t know your account number, you can call the office at (512)932-3701 or (254)547-9430 and we will be happy to furnish that to you. Once you input your account number just follow the prompts on the screen. There will be a charge of $1.95 to use your bank account information and a charge of $3.95 to use your debit card. These fees are PayStars and are not affiliated with Kempner Water Supply.
  • Mail
    • Many people choose to send a check or money order to Kempner Water Supply by mail. If you choose to take that route, our mailing address is P.O. Box 103 Kempner, Tx, 76539. Please be sure to note your name, address, and account number on your form of payment.
  • Bank Draft
    • There is always the option to set up a Bank Draft directly from Kempner Water Supply to your banking account. This is a safe option that is free of charge to our Members. All we would need to set this up for you is a Bank Draft form filled out. If you go to our website, go under Forms and Reports and click on the Bank Draft form. You can print it, fill it out, and fax (512-932-2546), mail, or email (info@kempnerwsc.com) it back to us along with a copy of your check.  Please be sure to write legibly and double check your banking information before sending it in.
  • E-Check
    • You may also set up bill pay with your bank and have them mail your payment for you every month. Note: if you choose this form of payment please set it up to mail out no later than the 5th of the month as most banks need 7-10 business days to get your check to KWSC on time. Most banks provide this service free of charge.
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If you need to transfer water service into your name due to the purchase of a property or the rental of a property, please call Kempner Water Supply at (512)932-3701 or (254)547-9430 and we will gladly give you guidance.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding in these unprecedented and uncertain times and hope for your safety and well-being.

 

Delores Coberley

General Manager

Kempner Water Supply Corporation

 

 

 

 

Clarification on RPZ requirements from TCEQ

Clarification on RPZ requirements from TCEQ

Members, in the interest of offering more clarity on TCEQ's requirements for backflow protection, we wanted to post an excerpt from RG-478 p. 15.

Many irrigation systems are installed on sites that have an on-site sewage facility (OSSF), such as a septic tank.  The existence of the OSSF elevates the classification of the irrigation system to a health hazard requiring the installation of an RP.  Before 2009, a Double-Check Valve Assembly was allowed on irrigation systems installed on sites that also had an OSSF.  As a result, there are currently installed irrigation systems that do not have the correct backflow prevention assembly.  To address this, the current version of the landscape irrigation rules states:

30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 344.52(a): if an irrigation system is connected to a potable water supply and requires major maintenance, alteration, repair, or service, the system must be connected to the potable water supply through an approved, properly installed backflow prevention method as defined in this title before any major maintenance, alteration, repair, or service is performed. 

Historically, this regulation was taken to mean that systems that were installed before 2009 were essentially grandfathered until they required "major maintenance, alteration, repair, or service."  When the backflow preventer can no longer be repaired in line and must be replaced, it must be upgraded to the required RP.

The rule requirement itself:

30 TAC 344.51(d) If an irrigation system is designed or installed on a property that is served by an on-site sewage facility, as defined in Chapter 285 of this title (relating to On-Site Sewage Facilities), then:

30 TAC 344.51(d)(1) all irrigation piping and valves must meet the separation distances from the On-Site Sewage Facilities system as required for a private water line in 285.91(10) of this title (relating to Minimum Required Separation Distances for On-Site Sewage Facilities);

30 TAC 344.51(d)(2) any connections using a private or public potable water source must be connected to the water source through a reduced pressure principle backflow prevention assembly as defined in 344.50 of this title (relating to Backflow Prevention Methods); and

30 TAC 344.51(d)(3) any water from the irrigation system that is applied to the surface of the area utilized by the On-Site Sewage Facility system must be controlled on a separate irrigation zone or zones so as to allow complete control of any irrigation to that area so that there will not be excess water that would prevent the On-Site Sewage Facilities system from operating effectively. 

Hopefully this notice helps clear up any confusion.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office at (512)932-3701 or (254)547-9430.