2020 System Improvements Project
In 2018 the District began work on a long term water supply expansion project to accommodate the rapid growth our area has been experiencing. The goal was to build expandable infrastructure to handle growth for the next twenty years. The estimated cost of the necessary improvements was much higher than any project that the District has ever attempted, and so it was decided to secure funding through a state agency to minimize interest rates as much as possible. The state funding process takes time, and the pandemic slowed it down drastically. It was a much longer journey than expected, but this June the Texas Water Development Board approved a $43,455,000 bond issuance under its D-FUND program to finance a large expansion to the District’s production capacity. The money is in the bank right now, so we are finally at full speed and moving ahead with the final stages of design and state review. While working to secure financing, work was also progressing on the more time-consuming components of the project. At this point, most of the design and surveying is done, water rights have been purchased, drilling permits have been approved, and much of the pipeline right-of-way has been paid for or donated.
The project includes the development of a new wellfield, a large pump station, ground storage tanks, and a 30” transmission pipeline. The wellfield will be developed under water rights which the District has purchased from local land owners. Two 2,000 gallon per minute wells are included in the first phase, which will double our current production capacity and eliminate our reliance on water purchased from the cities. Facilities will be sized to accommodate additional future wells for a total anticipated production rate of 18.1 million gallons per day, which is projected to accommodate growth out to 2040. Emergency generators will be included for each well and pump station, which will allow us to operate without interruption during power outages. The engineers designing the project expect it to be ready for construction by the spring of 2023 and complete before the summer of 2024.
Emergency Improvements for Summer 2023
The District is currently forming plans to spend a portion of cash reserves on an emergency construction project to expand existing facilities before Summer 2023. The project is currently under development and this page will be updated with more details once plans have been finalized.