Houston, June 26, 2017 – A recent power outage in Texas City threatened Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA)’s ability to provide drinking water to the residents of Galveston County and surrounding areas as well as critical water supply to refineries and chemical plants. Enchanted Rock, Ltd. (ERock)’s combined 7.5 MW diesel system, commissioned during 2013 and 2014, carried GCWA’s load at its two water plants during the outage. This was GCWA’s first reliability run and yielded 100% percent electrical availability.
“Gulf Coast Water Authority is a provider of water for industry, agriculture and municipalities in Brazoria, Fort Bend and Galveston County. It is our mission to deliver reliable, cost effective quantities of quality water. Our strategic decision to enter a public‐private partnership with ERock furthers this mission. ERock generators covered GCWA’s entire electric load at two water plants that had a loss of utility power on June 1, 2017. Their generators allowed GCWA to seamlessly provide critical water supply to the nearby refineries, chemical plants, and residents of Galveston County. ERock’s team not only allowed us to mitigate a potential loss of millions of dollars by our industrial customers, but allowed us to continue to deliver on our promise to deliver reliable water supplies.” – James E. Vanderwater, P.E., District Engineer