The WHCRWA negotiated with the City of Houston to purchase additional surface water. The agreement between the City and the WHCRWA requires that the water come from the City of Houston’s Northeast Water Purification Plant, thereby excluding other regional surface water sources. To deliver the water from the required source, the WHCRWA took great care to choose a route that considers the residents, businesses, and existing infrastructure. The WHCRWA spent years researching and refining the route and worked with elected officials to choose the most cost-effective alignment with the least impacts to the community as a whole.
To minimize community impacts, the majority of the pipeline will be installed within an existing pipeline corridor purchased several years ago.
Residents and businesses located within the WHCRWA and the NFBWA will be the recipients of water supplied by this project. Surface water will be delivered through a series of pump stations and pipelines to municipal water providers for distribution to residents and businesses. These transmission pipelines will vary in diameter from 96 inches to 42 inches, depending on the pipeline segment.