SJRA beats contract deadline with several days to spare

@WireImgId=1438881 San Jacinto River Authority Deputy General Manager Jace Houston takes a dive off the dock near the Lake Conroe dam to celebrate achieving the 60 percent goal of the agency’s contracts for the Groundwater Reduction Plan. ap

Large Volume Groundwater Users under SJRA contract or in SJRA contract system

Included in the list below is the name of the system, the number of gallons permitted (PA) by the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District and the total gallons pumped (TG) in calend ar year 2009. BG: billion gallons. MG: million gallons.

(SINGLE SYSTEMS)

San Jacinto River Authority: 6.5 bg — PA, 6.479 bg — TG; Rayford Road MUD: 550 mg, 502.426 mg; Southern Montgomery County MUD: 480 mg, 448.379 mg; New Caney MUD: 384.818 mg, 312.606 mg; City of Splendora: 298.127 mg, 293.433 mg; City of Willis: 299.129 mg, 244.091 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 19: 220 mg, 192.364 mg; Spring Creek Utility District 195 mg, 192.323 mg; Stanley Lake MUD 229.581 mg, 190.363 mg; Montgomery County MUD 83: 200.504 mg, 184.004 mg; City of Magnolia: 213.267 mg, 164.736 mg; City of Oak Ridge North: 180 mg, 163.983 mg; Johnson’s Utilities Inc.: 155.633 mg, 151.729 mg; Point Aquarius MUD: 180 mg, 145.176 mg; Montgomery County Utility District No. 2: 160.010 mg, 130.382 mg; Kings Manor MUD: 210 mg, 127.802 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 15: 126.571 mg, 124.360 mg; Montgomery County WC & ID No. 1: 185.886 mg, 105.689 mg; Westwood North Water Supply: 103 mg, 96.689 mg; City of Cut and Shoot: 110 mg, 90.87 mg; Roman Forest Consolidated: 100.837 mg, 88.869 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 94: 180 mg, 86.554 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 119: 79.329 mg, 80.465 mg; Woodland Oaks Utility Co.: 82.488 mg, 79.011 mg; Far Hills UD: 64.679 mg, 69.294; Conroe Resort Utilities: 104.196 mg, 68.842 mg; Chateau Woods MUD 69.817 mg, 68.392 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 99: 82.090 mg, 64.407 mg; City of Montgomery: 67.930 mg, 62.511 mg; Lake Bonanza Water Supply Corp: 57.606 mg, 56.098 mg; Austin/Texas Golf Ventures LP: 80 mg, 49.762 mg; Corinthian Point MUD No. 2: 53.009 mg, 47.234 mg; 1404 Blaketree LP: 55 mg, 42.841 mg; Domestic Water Company: 48.919 mg, 41.775 mg; Wedgewood Golf Course: 75 mg, 41.212 mg; City of Woodbranch Village:51.084 mg, 40.263 mg; Lazy River Improvement District: 49.559 mg, 37.524 mg; Walnut Cove Water Supply Corp.: 40 mg, 35.204 mg; White Oak WSC: 48 mg, 35.041 mg; Ranch Utilities: 40 mg, 33.283 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 112: 50 mg, 33.227 mg; Texas National MUD 60 mg, 31.889 mg; Pinehurst Decker Prairie: 39.889 mg, 30.424 mg; East Montgomery County MUD No. 3: 32 mg, 28.573 mg; White Oak Utilities Inc: 75 mg, 27.499 mg; Lake South Water Supply: 26 mg, 24.061 mg; Town of Woodloch: 36 mg, 23.528 mg; Keenan WSC: 25.182 mg, 21.235 mg; Clover Creek MUD: 45 mg, 20.872; Del Lago Estates: 29.420 mg, 20.193 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 24: 27 mg, 19.938 mg; Piney Shore Utility: 23.334 mg, 19.884 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 16: 21.248 mg, 17.258 mg; Washington County Railroad: 25 mg, 16.562 mg; Diamondhead Water & Sewer: 22.772 mg, 16.320 mg; Crown Oaks POA Inc. 16 mg, 15.299 mg; San Jo Utilities 11.082 mg, 14.902 mg; Pinedale Mobile Home Community: 17.333 mg, 14.786 mg; Conroe ISD (Moorhead Jr. High/Caney Creek HS): 12.738 mg, 14.452 mg; Benders Landing 45 mg, 14.279 mg; Montgomery County Fresh Water Supply (Dist. 6): 16.120, 12.379; EBJV Inc.: 24 mg, 11.383 mg; Lakeland Section 4 Civic Club: 21 mg, 10.025 mg; Cape Malibu Water Supply Inc: 14.962 mg, 9.482 mg; Tenaris Conroe: 22.018 mg, 8.217 mg; T&I Taylor: 18 mg, 7.978 mg.

(MULTI-SYSTEMS)

Note: Multi-Large Volume Groundwater Users features number of systems in parentheses ( ) after company name:

City of Conroe (4): 3.285 bg, 3.247 bg; Quadvest LP (12): 1.060 bg, 824.810 mg; Aqua Texas (21): 870.214 mg, 707.189 mg; T&W Water Services (7): 329.808 mg, 298.651 mg; Texas American Water (3): 38 mg, 32.730 mg; HMW Specialty Utility District (7): 350.724 mg, 267.752 mg; MSEC Enterprises (3): 280.711 mg, 245.220 mg; C&R Water Supply (6): 110.141 mg, 95.557 mg; Monarch Utilities Inc. (3): 132.048 mg, 112.281 mg; Consumers Water Company (3): 60.520 mg, 59.613 mg; Patton Village Water Co. (2): 40 mg, 33.933 mg; Everett Square Inc. (2) 45 mg, 27.109 mg.

LARGE VOLUME GROUNDWATER USERS

(HAVE INDICATED THEY ARE PURSUING OTHER OPTIONS)

Porter Special Utility District: 516.058 mg, 503.766 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 18: 576 mg, 424.425 mg; City of Houston: 501 mg, 327.260 mg; City of Shenandoah: 345 mg, 308.938 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 9: 272.592 mg, 258.628 mg; Sequoia Golf Woodlands LLC: 399.719 mg, 253.418 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 8: 332 mg, 226.776 mg; Entergy Texas: 250.154 mg, 207.321 mg; Montgomery County UD No. 4: 252 mg, 205.824 mg; River Plantation MUD: 225.868 mg, 177.631 mg; City of Panorama Village: 199.286 mg, 147.672 mg; Montgomery County UD nO. 3: 190 mg, 147.647 mg; Woodforest Golf Club: 130 mg, 105.241 mg; East Plantation UD: 110.215 mg, 85.932 mg; HMRG3 LLC: 75 mg, 53.626 mg; Bentwater Yacht & Country Club: 75 mg, 51.416 mg; SR Superior: 75 mg, 42.675 mg; Ridge Lake Shores POA: 86.530 mg, 42.675 mg; River Plantation CC: 50 mg, 16.937 mg; Portofino Shopping Center: 15 mg 13.608 mg; Williams Brothers Construction: 14 mg, 13.654 mg; Splendora ISD: 12.215 mg, 11.226 mg; Panorama Village Golf Management: 37 mg, 6.262 mg; Montgomery Trace PA: 34 mg, 4.039 mg; Lake Windcrest POA: 50 mg, 1.346 mg; Affiliated Crown Development: 40 mg, 0 g.

LARGE VOLUME GROUNDWATER USERS

(HAVE NOT RESPONDED OR STARTED SJRA CONTRACT PROCESS)

Huntsman Petrochemical Corp.: 316.571 mg, 195.193 mg; Crystal Springs Water (8): 186.346 mg, 167.755 mg; The Woodlands Land Development Co. LP: 187 mg, 129.128 mg; Dobbin-Plantersville WSC: 96.038 mg, 77.540; HHJ/Decker Utilities: 58.683 mg, 62.011; Northwest Water Systems (2): 69.701 mg, 55.329 mg; Lake Conroe Hills MUD: 56.062 mg, 45.560 mg; Montgomery County MUD No. 56: 40 mg, 32.996 mg; Cypresswood Estates Water System: 30.695 mg, 22.917 mg; Lake Forest Falls: 19.427 mg, 18.244 mg; Conroe Country Club: 20 mg, 18.091 mg; Magnolia ISD (2): 60 mg, 34.790 mg; Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Circle Lake Retreat Center: 15 mg, 15.676 mg; North Woods Water Supply Corp.: 14 mg, 13.654 mg; Eastwood Hills Mobile Home Park: 0 mg, 11.854 mg; Woodland Lakes WSC: 20.376 mg, 11.084 mg; Westmont Mobile Home Park: 13 mg, 7.785 mg; Texaba Water System: 24.809 mg, 0 mg; Texas National Golf Club: 45 mg, 0 mg.

 

By Howard Roden | 0 comments

The San Jacinto River Authority met its self-imposed deadline for its Groundwater Reduction Plan with days to spare – and celebrated with a splash.

The SJRA needed to have at least 60 percent of all the groundwater pumped annually by the large-volume groundwater users in Montgomery County under contract by July 1. Otherwise, the plan’s participants would have had two weeks to decide whether they wanted to opt out of their agreements.

While the goal may have seemed unlikely a couple of weeks ago, it was achieved June 29. SJRA Deputy General Manager Jace Houston joyfully announced the state agency had signed contracts by July 1 representing 65 percent of all the 22.9 billion gallons pumped in Montgomery County each year.

When factoring the number of LVGUs that were already in the contractual pipeline, the volume percentage climbs to in excess of 80 percent.

Houston admits he had concerns about the level of participation as the July 1 deadline approached.

“I have to admit that with two weeks to go, I was a little nervous,” he said. “Things were moving slow, but the momentum started to build. We had a tremendous response of getting contracts signed and turned in.”

The SJRA contract calls for the construction of a surface-water system in which water is pumped out of Lake Conroe and piped to The Woodlands, Conroe and select areas along Interstate 45. That “over-conversion” allows all participants in the SJRA plan to reach a 30 percent reduction of groundwater mandated by the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District on Jan. 1, 2016.

Houston said the SJRA doesn’t expect 100 percent participation in its plan. Currently, an estimated 27 water users have indicated they are pursuing other options, Houston said. Those options could include water reuse and the drilling for brackish water underneath the Gulf Coast Aquifer.

Those nonparticipants reflect roughly three billion gallons a year, or 14 percent of the total volume pumped, Houston said.

“We expect those systems to take a serious look at other options,” he said.

The SJRA’s water system is estimated to have a price tag of $2 billion 40 years out. The initial phase of the project is scheduled to cost $480 million.

Participants start paying a pumpage fee of 50 cents per 1,000 gallons in September. That fee could climb to $2 per 1,000 gallons by 2016, when the SJRA system goes into operation.

While construction costs were established on 90 percent participation, Houston said the initial figures are based on 5 percent for inflation and a contingency of 25 percent.

“Those are very conservative numbers, with some safety factor built into them,” said Houston, adding that the pumpage fee won’t change for at least the first couple of years.

“By 2012, we will have fewer unknowns. The more we understand, there may be less of a need for a 25 percent contingency. There is a greater potential that we may save a little bit as we get closer to the Jan. 1, 2016, deadline.

“(The pumpage fee) could come in at $1.50 (per thousand gallons), but it also could come in at $2 as we project,” he said.

If there is a need to scale back the size of the SJRA plant, it won’t be the pipeline.

“The plant will be constructed in identical modules,” Houston said. “Phase I will have three modules, but that can change if necessary.”

To celebrate reaching the contract milestone, Houston took a fully-clothed plunge into the lake after he received a couple of contracts that assured SJRA had achieved its deadline.

Melanie White, of C&R Water Supply Inc., and Ron Payne, of T&W Water Service Co., made a ceremony of it June 29.

“(Houston) said he would dive into the lake if he hit 60 percent,” White said. “When I found out he was close, I hand-delivered my contract …

“I was surprised he went through with it. But I was bound and determined to make him go through with it.”

“I took my shoes off,” Houston said. “It sure felt good after all the work everyone put into these contracts.”

 

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