Building a new water infrastructure without an instruction manual

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Published on March 10, 2014

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Presented by Al Rendl at the Texas Water Conservation Association Conference in The Woodlands, Texas - March 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

HOUSTON’S ETJ

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

EDUCATORS

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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