Welcome to the website for the Surface Water Supply Project, which will provide surface water to the West Harris County Regional Water Authority and North Fort Bend Water Authority.

About the Surface Water Supply Project

The Greater Houston metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. From 2000 to 2030, our metropolitan area is projected to rank fifth in the nation in population growth – bringing the current population of 6.5 million to greater than 9.2 million residents.

This population growth presents an urgent need to maintain and expand public infrastructure, including roadways, water-supply, sewer, and other utilities. The West Harris County Regional Water Authority and North Fort Bend Water Authority are responding to this need by delivering the Surface Water Supply Project, formerly identified as the Second Source Project.

In order for the West Harris County Regional Water Authority and North Fort Bend Water Authority to meet water demands for 2025 and beyond, the Authorities have partnered with the City of Houston to deliver the Surface Water Supply Project. The project provides a primary source of surface water necessary to meet the service areas’ water needs and maintain compliance with the Harris Galveston Subsidence District and the Fort Bend Subsidence District’s groundwater reduction requirements.

Surface water will be supplied from Lake Houston by way of the City of Houston’s Northeast Water Purification Plant, through approximately 39 miles of an 8-foot diameter pipeline and two large pump stations. The project extends through north Houston to west Harris County and south to the North Fort Bend Water Authority.

Many residents and businesses located within the West Harris County Regional Water Authority and the North Fort Bend Water Authority will be recipients of water supplied by this project. Surface water will be delivered through two pump stations, an 8-foot diameter-transmission pipeline, and local distribution lines to municipal utility districts (MUDs), for distribution to residents and businesses.

Design for the proposed Surface Water Supply Project, including the 39-mile water line and two large pump stations, will begin in the spring of 2016. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2018, and delivery of surface water to WHCRWA and NFBWA residents through this line is scheduled to begin in fall 2021.

This project is funded through bonds issued by the West Harris County Regional Water Authority and the North Fort Bend Water Authority. To reduce WHCRWA costs, a significant portion of these bonds will be sold to the Texas Water Development Board through a state-wide program for financing water projects. The total project costs are estimated to be $680 million.

If you have questions, concerns, or feedback related to the Surface Water Supply Project, please contact the Surface Water Supply Project team by calling 1-844-638-SWSP (7977), or emailing info@surfacewatersupplyproject.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have questions, concerns, or feedback related to the Surface Water Supply Project, please contact the Surface Water Supply Project team by calling 1-844-638-SWSP (7977), or emailing info@surfacewatersupplyproject.com.

ABOUT THE WHCRWA

The WHCRWA was established in 2001 to supply surface water to the western region of Harris County. The WHCRWA service area currently includes approximately 120 utility districts and the City of Katy within the boundaries of the WHCRWA and seven municipal utility districts (MUDs) located outside of the WHCRWA boundaries. As provided by the Texas legislature, the WHCRWA has several objectives: To acquire and provide a reliable supply of surface water; to conserve, preserve, protect, and recharge groundwater resources; to facilitate compliance with subsidence district requirements; and to encourage water conservation. The WHCRWA is leading design and construction of the Surface Water Supply Project, and the project is funded solely by the WHCRWA and the NFBWA.

ABOUT THE NFBWA

The NFBWA was established in 2005 to supply surface water to the northern region of Fort Bend County. The NFBWA service area includes approximately 69 utility districts and two cities, Fulshear and Arcola. Although this project is directly sponsored by the WHCRWA, the NFBWA is funding approximately 45 percent of the total cost and is a beneficiary of the surface water to be provided by the Surface Water Supply Project.

DISCLAIMER

The content contained in this website is provided by West Harris County Regional Water Authority (The "Authority") as a service to you. This website and the information contained herein should not be relied upon or used as information for the purposes of securities disclosure about the authority or its financial condition. Persons should not rely upon this information when considering whether to buy, sell or hold bonds issued by the Authority. All information contained herein speaks only as of the date indicated. The Authority assumes no duty to update any information contained in this website at any time.