By KAROLYN GEPHART
The Surface Water Plant Project is part of the Capital Improvement program in Pearland and design work will begin soon following the awarding of three contracts for preliminary engineering.
These contracts will initiate the first phase of design for a new surface water treatment plant.
The project’s objective is to provide a continuing safe source of clean drinking water for Pearland residents now and in the future where demands continue to increase.
The new facility is planned to be built along the American Canal and will initially be a 10-million gallon per day (MGD) facility. The canal will offer the facility raw water. This facility is expected to have its treatment process train go online by 2023.
In the future after 2023, the facility will expand production to 20 million gallons per day.
This program is assisted in its funding through a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund low interest loan administered through Texas Water Development Board.
The first loan series after approving favorable loan terms was approved in March 2016 by City Council.
For design purposes, the project has been split into three components based on their functions operationally.
Part 1 is intake, raw water, water storage and low lift pump station and has a contract value of $1.3 million. Part 2 is pilot plant, process engineering and treatment plant with a contract value of $4.6 million. Part 3 is ground storage tanks, high service pump station and transmission lines with a contract value of $1.1 million.