The Houston Public Works Water Line Project, in conjunction with Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, Inc. (LAN) and Harper Brothers Construction, LLC (HBC), has been recognized with the esteemed 2023 Project of the Year Award in the Environment category for projects ranging from $25 million to $75 million. The Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TX-APWA) awarded this project with this designation.
This distinguished accolade underscores the exceptional accomplishment demonstrated in the successful execution of the SWTP 72-inch Water Line, which serves as an integral component of HPW’s Surface Water Transmission Program (SWTP). This line was strategically designed to address the challenge of ground subsidence in the Houston region. This comprehensive initiative is aimed at optimizing the utilization of surface water resources, curbing the extraction of groundwater, and enhancing the overall reliability of the water supply system.
Beyond the significant installation of the 72-inch diameter water line, the project encompassed a comprehensive array of enhancements. This encompassed a thorough overhaul of roadways, improvements to drainage systems, enhancements to traffic signalization, upgrades to street lighting, improvements to sidewalks, and the replacement of smaller diameter water lines. This specific phase, which serves as the inaugural installment of a series of four similar projects, was initiated in East Downtown and concluded in Midtown.
The initiative has led to advancements in drainage, sidewalks, and streetlights, providing tangible benefits to communities within two distinct council districts. The transformative impact of these endeavors is poised to establish a enduring foundation for enhancing the quality of life for future generations.”
Extending from the spring of 2020 to the summer of 2022, the construction endeavor surmounted a range of challenges, including disruptions in supply caused by the pandemic as well as the unprecedented Winter Storm Uri.
Thanks to the sustained dedication of HPW’s initiatives aimed at expanding the water system, Houston’s potable water distribution system maintains a “Superior Water Supply System” rating, a testament to the highest distinction in water quality bestowed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Stiver Engineering is honored to have worked on this project, and looks forward to seeing the benefits for years to come.