Local officials will hold a groundbreaking Friday morning for a $1 billion expansion of the northeast water purification plant located on the shores of Lake Houston.
The plant is being expanded to meet additional demand for clean drinking water caused by the area’s fast-growing population and to lessen dependence on groundwater.
The project 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 an existing route.
The new facility is expected to be online by 2024.
It is expected to increase the output of freshwater by 320 million gallons per day. Five water providers – the North Harris County Regional Water Authority, the West Harris County Regional Water Authority, the Central Harris County Regional Water Authority, the North Fort Bend Water Authority, and the city of Houston – are sharing the cost.