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Tomball city council ponders future water projects

November 20, 2018

The city of Tomball may add up to $42.6 million in additional infrastructure for its water and wastewater master plan in the next five, 10 and 25 years.

On Monday the city council hosted a workshop meeting to discuss the addition of a new water plant that would be located in east Tomball near Hufsmith-Kohrville Road and Agg Road.

“The city actually has good sized water lines on that side of town, so it’s actually kind of a nice place that fits in with the city’s existing system to be able to get water out into the system,” said Richard Weatherly, a consultant with Freese and Nichols.

In addition to the plant, an additional 1.2 miles of water lines to the current 116 miles of lines may also be installed within the next five years.

Both projects could cost up to $16.3 million, Weatherly said.

The council did not vote to approve the projects, which would need to take place during a regular meeting.

In the next six to 10 years, additional projects would also include a new elevated storage tank, the expansion of the water plants on FM 2029 and the east plant as well as an additional 4.1 miles of water lines.

The cluster of projects could cost an estimated $21.7 million.

“They don’t have to be done in five years. They don’t have to be done in six or 10 years, but they’re always good ideas,” Weatherly said.

Another cluster of projects ranging from 11 to 25 years in the future could include the expansion of the water plants on FM 2920 and South Pine St. and 1.8 miles of new water lines.

The three projects in the last group could cost up to $2.7 million.

All of the projects would require city council’s approval before moving forward.

mayra.cruz@chron.com

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