This past June, Cisco, Texas, experienced heavy rains that flooded a local lake and completely drenched the city's surface water treatment plant and all of its equipment. The area received nearly 8 inches of rain in a 48-hour period which submerged the water treatment plant below an estimated 12 feet of water.

Roads adjacent to the plant were washed out, and the plant's team worked around the clock to provide water to the 6,500 residents served by the plant. The plant also serves two wholesale customers that purchase bulk water from the city for surrounding rural communities. Despite its best efforts, the city completely ran out of water within 48 hours of the flood and needed to immediately identify and implement a solution to restore the delivery of safe, reliable drinking water to residents.

After qualifying a handful of providers, Cisco city officials chose Pall Water's Aria FAST containerized mobile membrane system due to its rapid deployment speed and ability to meet filtration regulations. Within 72 hours of the flood, the mobile water treatment trailer and technician had arrived on-site and the Cisco plant was producing water just seven hours later. The mobile unit was able to produce water so quickly because it is a self-contained, comprehensive water treatment system.

"Cisco is very grateful for the quick response of Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd and Pall Water," Darwin Archer says. He is Cisco’s city manager. "The cooperation of these two companies, along with the hard work and dedication of City staff, made a seemingly insurmountable objective attainable in a short period of time." Enprotec / Hibbs & Todd, Inc. is a civil, environmental and geotechnical engineering firm with headquarters in Abilene, Texas. Pall provides filtration, separation and purification solutions to meet fluid management needs.

Cisco’s water treatment plant will use the mobile treatment system, which has a total capacity of 1 million gallons per day, until early 2018. In the meantime, city officials will continue the process of building a new water treatment plant.

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