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Houston Water Future & Water Conservation’s Role

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Presentation by Yvonne Forrest, director of Houston Water with Houston Public Works, for the 2019 Gulf Coast Water Conservation in Houston, Texas.

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Houston Water Future & Water Conservation’s Role

  1. 1. HOUSTON WATER & WEATHER YVONNE W FORREST DIRECTOR HOUSTON WATER HOUSTON PUBLIC WORKS FEBRUARY 28, 2019
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS HOUSTON WATER SYSTEM WEATHER EXTREMES EXPERENCED UTILITY RESPONSE LESSONS LEARNED
  3. 3. HOUSTON WATER 3 SURFACE WATER PLANTS 100 GROUND WATER WELLS 7,144 MILES PRESSURE MAINS 7 PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS PLANNING 39 WWTP 384 LIFT STATIONS 6,195 MILES GRAVITY & FORCE MAINS 127,827 MANHOLES WASTEWATER SYSTEM DRINKING WATER SYSTEM OPERATIONS AND PROGRAM SUPPORT COMPLIANCE ANNUAL BUDGET $ 387M O&M $ 375M CIP 1600 FTE
  4. 4. WEATHER EVENTS • 2008 HURRICANE IKE – CAT 2, 110 MPH MAX SUSTAINED WINDS • 2011 DROUGHT OF RECORD ~45 WEEKS, 95% OF TX IN DROUGHT • 2015 MEMORIAL DAY FLOOD, 12” RAIN IN 10 HOURS • 2016 TAX DAY FLOOD, 17” RAIN IN 14 HOURS • 2016 MEMORIAL DAY FLOOD, BEGAN BUILDING AN ARK • 2017 HURRICANE HARVEY, 36-48” RAIN IN HOUSTON METRO
  5. 5. SINCE HARVEY  LEAK ON 102” RAW WATER LINE  LEAK ON 66” TREATED WATER LINE  LEAK ON 54” TREATED WATER LINE  LEAK ON 48’ TREATED WATER LINE  HUNDREDS OF LEAKS IN DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM  RAW WATER QUALITY HAS CHANGED
  6. 6. Water Conservation GPCD 5-Year and 10-Year Targets and Goals Source: TWDB Website
  7. 7. UTILITY PERFORMANCE 2008 - 2018  CITY OF HOUSTON FISCAL YEAR JULY 1 – JUNE 30  POPULATION INCREASE ~273,000 OVER 10 YEARS  2010 HGSD ZONE 3 TARGET OF 30% SURFACE WATER FY Total GPCD Residential GPCD MGD Unaccounted Water (%) 2008 134 373 12.6 2009 149 67 382 12.7 2010 166 70 402 16.2 2011 143 72 446 16.5 2012 207 66 483 18.6 2013 208 65 447 14.9 2014 130 61 455 15.5 2015 126 60 429 14.4 2016 130 60 445 13.7 2017 129 62 458 13.3 2018 461 16.1
  8. 8. FOCUS FORWARD  REDUCE NON REVENUE WATER  ASSET MANAGEMENT  RESILIANCE
  9. 9. QUESTIONS ? YVONNE.FORREST@HOUSTONTX.GOV

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