Water Utilities director retiring Dec. 8
The search for Riley’s successor begins Friday, Oct. 20, when the opening will be posted at cosatx.us/jobs.
Riley joined the City in December 2014 with more than 30 years experience as a water utilities professional. Over the past three years, he has spearheaded major efforts that have led to:
- The purchase of the Ford Ranch, which protects San Angelo’s rights to the Hickory Aquifer from encroachment by other users.
- Expansion of the Hickory Aquifer wellfield that will give San Angelo full access to its allotment from the groundwater source.
- A new water rate structure that has put the water utility back on a path to financial sustainability. The new rates are also allowing for greater investment in water infrastructure and increasing the ability to finance future water supply projects.
- An exhaustive search for future water supplies in coordination with the West Texas Water Partnership.
- The replacement of water and sewer mains as part of the City’s 10-year plan to rebuild San Angelo’s worst streets.
- The necessary research to update San Angelo’s nearly 100-year-old water treatment plant and to use retreated wastewater at some future point.
“San Angelo is mostly unaware how fortunate we were to have Bill Riley, his expertise and his experience,” Public Works Director Ricky Dickson said. “Water is our community’s most pressing challenge, and we’re in a far better position today than we were three years ago. That’s directly tied to Bill’s efforts and his leadership.
“Beyond that, he’s just a tremendous person,” Dickson added. “Hopefully, we can find someone of Bill’s caliber. It’s important to find the right person who fits this organization.”
The water utilities director is responsible for all operational and infrastructure matters related to water supply, production, distribution, quality and conservation. The director is also responsible for wastewater treatment, utilities maintenance, billing and customer service.
Riley cited pressing needs within his family as the reason for his retirement.
“I was drawn to this job because I knew how challenging San Angelo’s water issues are,” Riley said. “I hope I’ve made a difference that will serve this community well for generations to come. I wish I could continue, but life has other plans for me.”
Prior to joining the City, Riley served as president and general partner of Water Resources Management, LLC, a consulting firm that assisted water utilities with developing strategies for a broad spectrum of operational, management, financial and resource challenges. From 1991-2000, he served as the water/wastewater utilities manager in College Station, where he began his career in 1983. From 2000-02, Riley managed the water and wastewater consulting practice of Reed, Stowe & Yanke, providing financial, management and operations guidance to public sector clients.
Current drought level
The City is in standard conservation, which restricts outside watering to once every seven days at any time of day and no more than 1 inch per week. Runoff of more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch is also prohibited.
Water Production is responsible for producing high-quality drinking water that meets safe drinking water standards and in sufficient quantities to supply the needs of the citizens and businesses of San Angelo. This is done by operating raw water supply facilities, treating the potable water supply and operating high service and remote pumping stations and tanks.
The City of San Angelo has five raw surface water sources: O.H. Ivie Reservoir, Lake Spence, O.C. Fisher Reservoir, Twin Buttes Reservoir and Lake Nasworthy.
The Hickory Aquifer is a supplementary source in McCulloch County. The infrastructure to transport and treat that groundwater is fully operational.
There are approximately 70 miles of pipeline from Ivie Reservoir to San Angelo's water treatment facility. The City receives between 9 million and 30 million gallons of water per day from Ivie.The City of San Angelo has five continuous pumping water towers. Two of these are ground storage tanks and three are elevated storage tanks.
Ground storage tanks are:
- Southwest - holds approximately 9.4 million gallons.
- Abilene - holds approximately 3.5 million gallons.
Elevated storage tanks are:
- Loop - holds approximately 1 million gallons and is classified as a low-pressure elevated storage tank.
- Lakeview - holds approximately 1.25 million gallons.
- Bluffs - capacity 2 million gallons.