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Water Utility for The Woodlands Gets $43M for Wastewater Upgrades

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San Jacinto River Authority officials make tour of the wasterwater treatment plant. Courtesy of SJRA.


Posted: 7-7-2017, 11:41 a.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Conroe (Montgomery County) - The Texas Water Development Board on Thursday approved a $43 million loan to upgrade wastewater systems for the San Jacinto River Authority, the water utility provider to The Woodlands.

The TWDB loan to the SJR Authority was the largest of seven loans approved yesterday. An additional $8 million was divided between the Mustang Special Utility District, Denton County; the Greater Texoma Utility Authority, Denton County; the city of Quinlan, Hunt County; the city of New Deal; Lubbock County; the Barton Water Supply Corp., Palo Pinto and Erath counties; and the Bracken Christian School of Bulverde, Comal County.

San Jacinto River Authority

The River Authority owns and operates untreated water supply systems by and through its Highlands Division and Lake Conroe Division, and a surface water treatment and transmission system by and through its Groundwater Reduction Program Division. It owns and operates the central water supply and wastewater treatment facilities that serve the developed portions of The Woodlands community through its Woodlands Division.

The Authority’s Woodlands Division serves as a wholesale provider of water and wastewater services to 11 municipal utility districts that serve The Woodlands area.

As existing infrastructure deteriorates and moves past the end of its useful life, the River Authority has identified several wastewater projects to be implemented in the next several years to renew or replace existing infrastructure to ensure capacity for current and future needs.

The River Authority requested financial assistance for the design and construction of wastewater system improvements including: the replacement of approximately two miles of a gravity sewer interceptor line which ranges in diameter from 42-inch to 72-inch utilizing trenchless construction methods, the replacement of the solids processing building, and two aeration basins at Wastewater Treatment Facility #1.

TWDB financing for these projects will be repaid over a period of 25 years at a 1.38 percent interest rate. This puts the total debt service amount at $50,994,064, but saves the River Authorityabout $7.6 million.

The planning phase ends Oct. 31 with completion of the engineering feasibility report. Construction is to begin Feb. 5, 2018. The design phase should be done by March 8, 2019, and construction will be completed by Aug. 31, 2020.




Denton County:  The Mustang Special Utility District received a $3,555,000 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to finance construction of a new elevated storage tank. The district is experienced 8.7 percent annual growth and needs to construction a 1 million gallon elevated storage tank and yard piping to connect it to the district's west side service area. Construction is scheduled to begin Oct. 1 and reach completion Oct. 1, 2018.

The Greater Texoma Utility Authority received $1,225,000 on behalf of the city of Krum, which is under a Texas Commission on Water Quality agreement order due to a 23 percent deficiency in its water supply capacity. Krum will build a 250-300 gallon per minute potable water well at its Masch Branch water delivery site. Construction is to start June 1, 2018 and be completed Oct. 30, 2018.

Hunt County:  The town of Quinlan received $1,890,000 for the planning, design and construction of a wastewater treatment plan and collection system improvements. Quinlan is under a Texas Commission on Environment Quality sanitary sewer overflow agreement due to an extreme amount of inflow and infiltration in the collection system. Their wastewater treatment plant has also been cited for exceeding 75 percent of its peak flow permit. Construction is scheduled to start April 22, 2019 and reach completion Feb. 22, 2020.

Lubbock County:  New Deal received financial assistance in the form of a $935,000 loan and $98,800 in loan forgiveness. New Deal is experience severe water loss due to inefficient metering and major leaks. The city's water transmission line from its well field pump station to its elevated storage tank was installed in the 1960's and has deteriorated. During the last several years, it had major leaks of up to 4 million gallons per year. The city anticipates replacing 105 of the 310 meters in its system this year and another 105 meters in 2019. The final replacement of meters would take place in 2021.

Also, New Deal's water distribution system cannot maintain adequate operational pressure in the southwest area of the City. This area of the water distribution system is connected by a 6-inch water line, which is over one mile long. Friction loss in the water line reduces the dynamic pressure in this area to less than 30 pounds per square inch gauge.

The city proposes to replace approximately 18,000 feet of water transmission line from its well field to its elevated storage tank with new 8-inch pipe and construct a new 138,000-gallon standpipe tank in the southwest area of the city. Construction is to begin Oct. 16 and be completed April 30, 2018.



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Adolfo Pesquera

Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.