Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is the Northeast Purification Plant being expanded?

We are expanding the purification plant for two major reasons:

  1. to meet the additional demand for clean drinking water caused by our area’s fast-growing population, and
  2. to comply with the mandate to lessen our dependence on groundwater, which is the major cause of flood-inducing subsidence in the area

Q. What does the expansion entail?

The Northeast Water Purification Plant expansion includes construction of new water purification  facilities on the City of Houston property adjoining the existing plant, building an intake and pump in Lake Houston, and running a larger pipeline from the lake to the plant using the existing route.

Q. How long will the construction be going on?

Construction begins in 2017 and will be done in parts or modules using a progressive design-build technique bringing the new facility online in 2024. You can get information on current construction by going to Project Updates.

Q. Who do I contact if I have a question?

If you have a question, comment or problem please contact us.

Q. How will traffic in the area be affected by the construction?

There will be additional truck and employee traffic during construction, mainly impacting Beltway 8 at Lockwood and West Lake Houston Parkway, and West Lake Houston Parkway from Beltway 8 to Summer Lake Ranch Dr. There are no plans to close any streets due to the construction and flag personnel will be on duty to help keep traffic moving safely. Efforts will be made to manage work schedules to help reduce our contribution to rush hour traffic.

Q. How much will the expansion cost and who is paying for it?

Increasing the output of freshwater by 320 million gallons per day is expensive; the cost of this project is a little over a billion dollars. That is why five water providers – the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA), the West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA), the Central Harris County Regional Water Authority (CHCRWA), the North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA), and the City of Houston – have come together to share its cost.

Q. Will the work at the water plant affect our drinking water?

The expansion will not affect the water delivery while construction is underway. The current and new facilities will be kept separate until the new facility is ready to come online.