Strube 'right fit' as new Water Utilities director
San Angelo’s 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.
“Everyone agrees water is San Angelo’s number-one issue,” Strube said. “Without it, our community can’t thrive the way we all want it to. Beyond ensuring San Angelo has an abundant water supply, Water Utilities is also striving to improve our water quality, our infrastructure’s reliability and the ease of our customer service. To be entrusted with these responsibilities is both a great honor and a welcome challenge. I’m committed to making a difference.”
Strube replaces Bill Riley, who retired Dec. 8. She had served as interim director since then and as the assistant director since 2015.
“She’s extremely qualified and the right fit for this organization,” Public Works Executive Director Ricky Dickson said. “Allison understands our most pressing needs and issues, and the factors that influence those. Her work has earned her the respect and trust of her colleagues. All of that is important. It makes the transition seamless.”
Strube joined the City in 2012 as a project engineer in the Engineering Services Department. In that job, she designed system improvements and evaluated infrastructure issues related to water and sewer. She also managed Capital Improvements Plan projects and reviewed site development plans to ensure compliance with ordinances and other regulations.
As assistant director of Water Utilities, she assisted in administering department’s operations, including water treatment, reclamation and conservation; utility maintenance; and special projects. She evaluated capital plans, and recommended priorities and funding for infrastructure improvements.
Strube previously worked as a product engineer for Martifer-Hirschfeld Energy Systems. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.
The job opening for assistant director of Water Utilities will soon be posted on the City’s website at cosatx.us/jobs.
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.