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College Station: TWDB OKs $43.4M to Wellborn SUD for Water Distribution Expansion

Feature Photo: Offices of the Wellborn Special Utility District in College Station. Image: Google Streets.

Posted: 11-22-2021

by Adolfo Pesquera

College Station (Brazos County) — The Texas Water Development Board approved a request Friday from the Wellborn Special Utility District for $43,455,000 in financial assistance for the planning, land acquisition, design, and construction of a water system expansion project.

The Wellborn SUD, based in College Station, provides water service to approximately 22,000 customers via 8,800 connections across a large service area surrounding Bryan College Station in Brazos and Robertson counties.

Wellborn SUD currently has an agreement with the City of Bryan allowing the SUD to convey water through the Bryan distribution system to the southern part of district’s service area. This agreement can be terminated by either party starting in 2024.

If terminated, the supply capacity of the southern part of the system will be significantly less than the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required capacity. Distribution system improvements are needed to increase supply capacity to existing elevated storage facilities, overcome deficiencies in the system service pressures, and reduce water loss.

The proposed project would provide additional water supply and infrastructure to the SUD, while accommodating projected growth in system demand and addressing system deficiencies.

Project components include a new groundwater supply wellfield in the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer (Simsboro formation), a new water treatment system, storage facilities and transmission pumps at the Benchley Plant, approximately 80,000 linear feet (LF) of wellfield supply and transmission lines, and roughly 12,000 LF of distribution system line improvements throughout the District’s system.

The project is being designed with consideration of additional water supply development in the wellfield in the future.

Wellborn SUD is scheduled close on the TWDB financing on May 11, 2022.

According to the project schedule, the engineering feasibility report is to be completed by July 29, 2022, and the design phase should conclude by Oct. 28, 2022.

The start of construction is expected to occur by the first week of March 2023 and reach completion by the end of May 2024.

According to the budget statement, the construction cost was estimated at $33,493,709. Other costs were itemized as follows:

  • $2,490,501 for planning, design and engineering.
  • $2,012,409 for other professional services (environmental, surveying, geotechnical, etc.)
  • $3,816,799 in the contingency fund
  • $800,000 for water rights purchases
  • $395,000 for land acquisition (easements)
  • $266,667 in legal expenses
  • $179,915 for fiscal services

VBX Project ID: 2021-8092


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About the Author:

Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) 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.

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