We have created a strategy that will keep water flowing to NFBWA while reducing groundwater usage by 60% to prevent subsidence.
Surface Water Supply
The North Fort Bend Water Authority "NFBWA" has secured rights to 88 million gallons of surface water a day to reduce groundwater usage. That’s enough water to meet Fort Bend Subsidence District "FBSD" requirements by providing over 60% of the NFBWA’s water supply through full development.
For this surface water to come out of your tap when you turn on the faucet, it must first be treated and pumped across the City of Houston. This process requires massive planning, engineering, and operational efforts.
NFBWA has partnered with an alliance of regional water providers to construct the impressive infrastructure necessary to serve surface water across the Houston region. Our partners in preventing subsidence include Central Harris County Regional Water Authority, City of Houston, Coastal Water Authority, North Harris County Regional Water Authority, and West Harris County Regional Water Authority.
The NFBWA currently delivers up to 19.5 million gallons of surface water a day. From the City of Houston’s East Water Purification Plant, it goes to the NFBWA’s Bellaire Pump Station. These projects were constructed to meet the FBSD’s 30% groundwater reduction requirement by 2014, at a total cost of over $150 million dollars.
The NFBWA and our Partners are currently constructing the infrastructure required to treat and deliver an additional 68.5 million gallons a day of surface water. This reliable source of water is located 24 miles east of the NFBWA in the Trinity River. NFBWA’s 68.5 million gallons a day share of the surface water must be transferred from the Trinity River to Lake Houston, where it will be treated at a surface water treatment plant before it is pumped through large-diameter water lines across the City of Houston to NFBWA.
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Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project
The Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project "LBIBTP" is a $351 million dollar system that will transfer 500 million gallons of water per day from the Trinity River all the way to Lake Houston. The water will travel through the Capers Ridge Pump Station, 24 miles of constructed canals, and through two side-by-side 96-inch diameter water lines to reach its destination. The LBIBTP construction was completed in 2021.
Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion
The Northeast Water Purification Plant "NEWPP" is a $1.9 billion dollar surface water treatment plant expansion that will increase the treatment capacity from the current 80 million gallons a day to 400 million gallons a day. The expansion project is led by a partnership of the regional water authorities and the City of Houston and is the largest design-build project of its kind in the United States. The project will have an Intake Pump Station located in Lake Houston that will pump water from Lake Houston through side-by-side 108-inch water lines. The NEWPP is scheduled for completion in 2024.
Surface Water Supply Project
The Surface Water Supply Project "SWSP" is a $1.2 billion dollar water transmission system that will carry treated surface water from the Northeast Water Purification Plant across almost 40 miles of Harris County to water users in the NFBWA and the West Harris County Regional Water Authority. It is the direct path in bringing the needed surface water to our residents from the City of Houston. The water lines range in size from 42-inch to 84-inch diameter, and two pump stations are required as part of the SWSP to re-pressurize the water line before it arrives at the NFBWA. The SWSP is scheduled for completion in 2025.
NFBWA Internal Distribution Water Lines
Once water arrives at the NFBWA, it still needs to be sent to our retail water providers. We have already constructed 53 miles of surface water lines to deliver up to 19.5 million gallons of water a day to our residents. We are currently planning and implementing the design and construction of over 30 miles of additional water lines to distribute water from the Surface Water Supply Project to additional retail water providers. Construction of our internal distribution water lines is ongoing and will occur in phases through 2030.