Published on March 10, 2014
BUILDING A NEW WATER INFRASTRUCTURE WITHOUT AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL Presented by Al Rendl TWCA Annual Meeting – March 6, 2014 NORTH HARRIS COUNTY REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY
Gulf Coast Aquifer SUBSIDENCE AND AQUIFER DECLINE
“FM 1960 Area Fastest growing residential community in America…” -- Wall Street Journal, 1975
245% POPULATION GROWTH
ANNEXATION IS COMMON ENEMY
HGSD -- ARRESTING SUBSIDENCE
SPIRIT OF NORTH HARRIS COUNTY COALITION
Phased groundwater reduction mandate for NW Harris Co. area • January 2010 – 30% • January 2020 – 70% • January 2030 – 80% HARRIS GALVESTON SUBSIDENCE DISTRICT
NHCRWA PRIMARY MISSION: Secure adequate surface water, develop a system for transition to surface water
First Board Meeting… February 2000
To find and assure a long-term supply of quality drinking water at the lowest responsible cost. • Promote water conservation • Identify/provide cost effective alternative water sources. • Maintain regulatory compliance • Encourage intergovernmental cooperation • Develop and implement a strategy for complying with HGCSD 1999 regulations NHCRWA MISSION STATEMENT:
CHARTING THE COURSE
FINDING A LONG-TERM SOURCE OF WATER BRAZOS RIVER TRINTIY RIVER
Negotiated: • Initial surface water rights • Ownership and participation in COH’s NEWPP on Lake Houston
DEVELOP GROUNDWATER REDUCTION PLAN D R A F T GROUNDWATER REDUCTION PLAN
AVAILABLE SOURCES OF FUNDING • No taxing authority • Ability to sell bonds without constituent vote • Allowed Authority to charge Groundwater Pumpage Fee to all well owners, and • Ability to set rates for surface water
GROUNDWATER PUMPAGE FEE 2000 Initial Fee = $0.10 Increased to $0.12 Increased to $0.25 CURRENT FEES: Groundwater = $1.75/1000 gallons Surface water = $2.20/surface water APRIL, 2014: Groundwater = $2.00/1000 gallons Surface water = $2.45/1000 gallons
PLEDGE: AS CHEAP AS POSSIBLE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE
DISCLOSE PUMPAGE FEE ON WATER BILL
FIRST WEBSITE -- 2001
TEXAS WATER HOG MOBILE TEACHING LAB “LEARNING FROM OUR PAST” ASSEMBLY MEDIA INTERVIEWS
US EPA ARSENIC REGULATION CHANGE
GREENSPOINT LINE PARTNERSHIP • IAH TO GREENSPOINT • INCREASE SIZE AND SHARE • WATER FOR 20 YEARS • SAVES AUTHORITY ALMOST $15 MILLION
LAKE CONROE LAKE HOUSTON
THE LUCE BAYOU PROJECT TRINITY RIVER PUMP STATION LUCE BAYOU MAIN CANAL POTENTIAL SUPPLY 450 MGD INTO LAKE HOUSTON
North Harris County Regional Water Authority 3648 Cypress Creek Parkway, Suite 110 Houston, TX 77068 n 281-440-3924
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