Special to the Bulletin

The City of Early’s water system has received state recognition for exceeding state standards in coliform reduction.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recognized Early’s water system for its accomplishments in 2006 — particularly, “outstanding total coliform rule implementation,” the agency said in a letter to Mayor Bob Mangrum.

“It means we’re well below the limit of bacteria,” Early City Administrator Ken Thomas said. “That’s one of the bad germs that can flow throughout the (water) system.”

The agency is recognizing public water systems for “the accomplishments they have made through their effort and dedication to the state and to protecting the public health of Texans,” the agency said in the letter to Mangrum.

“Within the past year public water systems throughout the state have improved their performance. We recognize your water system in the category listed on your certificate,” the letter stated.

Six categories, including coliform reduction, were available for state recognition.

Water plant operator Harry Sellers and Public Works Director Wade Walker oversee daily operations and monitoring, Thomas said. “The City of Early continually produces excellent water for the City of Early and Zephyr Water Supply Corp.,” Thomas said.