New drinking water pipeline to serve southeast Houston metropolitan area

Faced with an aging drinking water transmission main approaching the end of its design life, Houston Public Works and several local partners have begun design work on a nearly 18 mi long, $120 million replacement project. To be installed in a densely developed region, the Southeast Transmission Water Line will serve a fast-growing region of the Houston metropolitan area.

Reasons for replacement

The new transmission main — which ranges in diameter from 36 to 54 in. in diameter — will replace an existing 42 in. diameter main that was installed in the early 1970s. As it nears the 50-year

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