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SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas




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  1. 1. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Challenges in Alternate Source Conversion for Montgomery County and the Lone Star GCD Presented by Mark Lowry, P.E, Consultant to Lone S GCD L Star
  2. 2. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District L St G d t C ti Di t i t − Authorized by 77th Legislature in 2001 by HB 2362 − Geographic boundaries encompass ALL of Montgomery County − Creation C ti confirmed b popular vote on N 6 2001 with fi d by l t Nov 6, ith 73.85 % approval − Amended Enabling Legislation in 2003 by SB 1930 to protect rulemaking authority − 26th fastest growing county in the United States − 5th fastest growing county in Texas − To date, entire water supply originates as groundwater from Gulf Coast Aquifer − Overpumping or depleting the aquifer
  3. 3. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Role f th L R l of the Lone Star Groundwater District St G d t Di t i t − C Conserve and Protect groundwater resources in Montgomery C County − Control land subsidence − Develop rules and regulations as necessary to meet these objectives − Establish well registration and permit system − Work with Federal Government to monitor groundwater levels
  4. 4. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Board M b B d Members Legislative Act p g provided for a nine-member Board of Board appointments are for staggered four-year terms, − MUDs MUD east of I 4 f I-45 − small cities excluding Conroe − Commissioner’s Court − MUDs west of I-45 − San Jacinto River Authority − Commissioner s Commissioner’s Court − City of Conroe − Woodlands Joint Powers Agency − Soil and Water Conservation District Conser ation
  5. 5. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Aquifer Characteristics A if Ch t i ti Conroe
  6. 6. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Existing S E i ti Sources of Water fW t Evangeline Aquifer Grimes Montgomery Recharge Zone Liberty be ty Chicot Aquifer Recharge Zone Direction of Waller Harris Groundwater Flow Fort Bend Aquifer Galveston Recharge Areas Source: Harris Galveston Coastal Subsidence District
  7. 7. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Population/Demand Projections P l ti /D d P j ti 80% of Demand in these 5 areas
  8. 8. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas
  9. 9. May 18, 2009 Presentation: Woodlands Green Historic Decline in Water Levels 1990-2004 Evangeline Aquifer Water-Level Change
  10. 10. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Long term Water Outlook for Montgomery County L t W t O tl k f M t C t Texas Water Development Board Projections of Available Groundwater in M t i Montgomery County (per approved plan) 64 000 a-f /year C t ( d l ) 64,000 f / Current GW Permit Requests 78,000 a-f/year Projected water demand by 2040 154,000 a-f /year Shortage 90,000 a-f/year
  11. 11. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Short t Sh t term Water Outlook for Montgomery County W t O tl k f M t C t Texas Water Development Board Projections of Available Groundwater in M t i Montgomery County (per approved plan) 64 000 a-f /year C t ( d l ) 64,000 f / Current GW Permit Requests 85,000 a-f/year, plus 7700 acre feet /yr exempt use Total 2009 potential demand93,000 a-f /year Shortage 29,000 a-f/year
  12. 12. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas District R Di i Regulatory Plan (Phase I) – D 2006 l Pl (Ph Dec − Established a single management zone coincident with the boundaries of the District − Established 64,000 a-f as the amount of recharge in , g accordance with rule 4.2(a) − Established January 1, 2015 as the date by which the District 1 will require groundwater production to be limited to no more than 64,000 a-ft − Set January 1, 2008 as the date to complete the Historic use Permitting (HUP) process − Set July 1, 2008 as the date by which the District will adopt Phase II of the regulations
  13. 13. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Phase I Requirements (cont.) Ph R i t ( t) − Population and Water Demand forecasts for 2015, 2025, 2035, d 2035 and 2045 − Identification of service area − Current well capacity including number of wells, tested well capacity and date of well installation − Identification of current water supply sources including annual groundwater use surface water use, reclaimed use, use water or others − Information of water quality issues that may impact supply
  14. 14. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Primary Issue is equity Pi I i i − Everyone in the county benefits from the following: − Reduction or elimination of overdrafting of the aquifer − U i a centralized plan so i di id l small volume users Using t li d l individual ll l that are not close to a conversion plan water line will be able to continue to use groundwater as more densely populated areas overconvert l d − Assessing fees for all groundwater users to level the costs for those users who have to convert to surface water and reducing the impact of the conversion overall − San Jacinto River Authority has surface water and ability to assist in implementation – This was a key issue
  15. 15. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Phase II(A) Requirements − Phase II(A) LSGCD rules adopted February 2008 − Regulated entities given one more chance to stipulate new sources or strategies to meet projected water demand • Submittals from regulated entities under the II(A) rules required the following: • Description of infrastructure requirements for each supply source • Timelines for design and construction • Letter from alternative source supplier indicating availability of water
  16. 16. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Phase II(A) Rule Requirements (cont.) Ph R l R i t ( t) Regulated Entities required to p g q provide ( (cont.) ) Description of costs and methods of financing Preliminary engineering of infrastructure for January 1, 2015 mandate Conceptual engineering of infrastructure necessary for outlying decades y g
  17. 17. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Phase II(A) Requirements (cont ) (cont.) The Phase II (A) plan specifically encourages water reuse as a strategy: gy − Conservation can also be used in meeting plan goals if it can be metered. − Target reduction for 2015 is at 30 percent − Reductions applicable to Large Volume Groundwater Users(LVGUs) using 10 mgy or more(92% of total demand) − San Jacinto River Authority developed Water Resources Assessment Plan encompassing majority of LVGUs including Conroe and th W dl d th t i l di C d the Woodlands the two llargest t users
  18. 18. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Water R W t Resources A Assessment Pl (WRAP) t Plan − Part I − Identification of Current and Projected Water demand − Part II − Water Supply Plan − It is possible for multiple entities to jointly submit a WRAP provided th id d there i a written agreement is itt t − SJRA submitted a joint WRAP with the majority of the LVGUs − Lone Star staff worked to educate some individual submitters about firm yields of surface water
  19. 19. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Phase II(B) Ph Adoption delayed for additional discussions with regulated p y g community Adopted in November 2009 Board meeting Established 2009 as a benchmark year and defines total ear qualifying demand as the 2009 permitted amount subject to some leveling for those whose permits which were will in excess of demand. Maintained M i t i d 30 percent reduction t t d ti target even th t though thi h this level of reduction does not fully achieve compliance with the 64,000 acre feet goal
  20. 20. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Phase II(B) (cont.) Ph ( t) Still defines LVGUs as those using 10 million gallons per year or more more. Required Declaration of Intent for all LVGUs) as to what their plan was by June 1, 2010. Requires compliance with the mandated reduction by January 2016 instead of 2015 Provides early conversion credits for some water reuse p j projects and encourages conservation as a means of g reducing demand beyond 2009
  21. 21. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Phase II(B) (cont.) Ph ( t) Requires submittal of Groundwater Reduction Plan (GRP) by January 1 2011 1, 2011. Must include any feasibility studies done on the proposed alternate source Must Include design, engineering, technical, financial and legal aspects of the plan Requires Preliminary Engineering Report Requires contracts and timetable
  22. 22. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Current St t C t Status San Jacinto River Authority offering contracts to all LVGUs Considerable debate over contract specifics Several entities desiring to investigate brackish groundwater Several requests made for additional time All parties still trying to work out contract language No decisions made by LSGCD on additional delays
  23. 23. March 8, 2010 SETAWWA Seminar: Current Challenges in the Potable Water Industry in Southeast Texas Questions? Kathy Turner Jones, General Manager, Lone Star GCD, 936/494-3436, kjones@lonestargcd.org Mark Lowry, Consultant y, 214/558-9224, mark.lowry@cleanwaterflow.com
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