The West Harris County Regional Water Authority negotiated with the City of Houston to purchase additional surface water. The agreement between the City and the WHCRWA stipulates that the water must originate at the City of Houston 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. This pipeline corridor, where accessible, has been maintained by the WHCRWA since its purchase.