About the Surface Water Supply Project

The Greater Houston metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. From 2000 to 2030, our metropolitan area is projected to rank fifth in the nation in population growth – bringing the current population of 6.5 million to greater than 9.2 million residents. This population growth presents an urgent need to maintain and expand public infrastructure, including roadways, water supply, sewer, and other utilities.

To meet water demands for 2025 and beyond and to meet the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District and Fort Bend Subsidence District’s groundwater reduction requirements, the West Harris County Regional Water Authority has partnered with the North Fort Bend Water Authority to deliver the Surface Water Supply Project.

Surface water will be supplied from Lake Houston by way of the City of Houston’s Northeast Water Purification Plant, through an approximately 35-mile-long cathodically protected welded steel pipeline and two large pump stations. Pipelines will be 7 to 8 feet in diameter depending on pipeline segment.

Because the WHCRWA is buying the water from the City of Houston, the WHCRWA is paying its share of the City of Houston’s overall water program. Specific elements of the City’s program include the Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion and the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project, which will maintain the water level at Lake Houston by transferring water from the Trinity River. The City and WHCRWA’s customers will benefit from the shared operational efficiencies and cost savings resulting from this collaboration. Through this collaboration, these projects will be delivered faster and benefits will be realized sooner.