Surface Water, the Purple Pipe is Coming

From the Community Impact Newspaper, Katy edition, April 2017

The Texas Legislature created the West Harris County Regional Authority (WHCRWA) in 2001 and the North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA) in 2005 to manage water and conservation efforts in the area. The authorities’ missions include controlling and reducing subsidence to meet federal mandates in reducing groundwater usage.

According to the Fort Bend Subsidence District’s 2013 Regulatory Plan, which plan establishes policies of groundwater regulation, cities in regulatory area A, including the Katy area, are required to reduce groundwater withdrawals by 30% in 2016 and an additional 30% by 2025.

The two water authorities joined together to fund the Surface Water Supply Project which will bring surface water from Lake Houston through an eight-inch wide, 39-mile long pipeline to the Katy area. Delivery of the surface water to customers is expected to begin in 2020.

2016 Project Award


On January 28, 2017, the District won the 2016 Project Award for their superior project in the category of Division III – Water Conservation, from the Association of Water Board Directors – Texas. Pictured, left to right, are Cinco MUD No. 8 Directors Steven Haas, Mark Baird, Douglas Brewer, Daniel Coyer, and Dano Lozano.