In the past couple of weeks the temperature has cooled down quite a bit and it is beginning to feel like fall. During this past summer when the thermometer was regularly heading for 100 degrees we had a problem keeping up with the demands for water here in Mason, and so we requested that you limit your water consumption as much as possible. Although the temperatures are not as high now, and even though we occasionally have a rain shower blow through, we still need our citizens to practice wise water conservation. It is still very dry, and the grass and shrubbery needs a little extra, but we need your help to not be overbearing on our water system. We have had problems with two different wells during the past couple of weeks, and the city crews are working to correct the problems and bring those wells back on line for our water system. There has not been a real shortage, but we all need to practice good water conservation to preserve this precious resource so that there is plenty for everyone. We still need everyone to alternate watering days, and if possible limit the amount of water you do not have to use so that we will continue to be able to provide for the needs of all our citizens.
We have begun the construction of the new water tower on the west side of town. The welders are on-site working to assemble the parts that were trucked in a couple of weeks ago, and an independent welding inspector is overseeing the work to be sure that it is properly completed. We expect the construction crew to be complete in about a month, and then the painting and remaining details will be completed by the first of the year. Once all of the piping and valves are in place, the city water system will be greatly enhanced by this addition and the volume of water storage that can flow to your homes will be significantly increased. Although it is only wise that we all practice good water conservation for the future, this new water tower should reduce the constant anxiety our water department feels in working to provide safe and dependable water to all of our citizens. We will also begin working during the next year on improving the water delivery system with a large water loop encircling the entire town and increasing the water available in every neighborhood. Mason is a wonderful hometown, and your city employees and city Commissioners are working to preserve our community and add new and better ways to serve our citizens. If you have suggestions that will improve our town for all of us and for the future generations, please let me know and we will all work together to make Mason the very best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley