Richmond's Surface Water Treatment Plant Fully Operational
Richmond’s Surface Water Treatment Plant, located at 5600 Riverwood Drive, celebrated its official opening with a Central Fort Bend Chamber ribbon cutting to the enthusiasm of approximately 100 guests. The plant became operational on March 15th and is capable of treating up to 2 million gallons of water a day.
This day has been in the planning stages for more than 10 years after the Fort Bend Subsidence District (created by the Texas Legislature in 1989) mandated in 2008 all permittees must reduce groundwater usage by 30% and additionally 60% by 2025. After vetting a couple of options the City of Richmond decided to build its own Surface Water Treatment Plant supplementing the groundwater supply for future growth. The City broke ground on the plant in September 2014.
The state of the art Surface Water Treatment Plant has the capacity to treat 2 million gallons of water per day which will help to meet the expected groundwater reduction requirement in coming years for the City’s Groundwater Reduction Plan Partners (GRP). Richmond will continue to explore alternative groundwater reduction methods as they update their Water/ Wastewater Master Plan and prepare for the surging population growth in this portion of Fort Bend County.
Commissioner Carl Drozd, Mayor Evalyn Moore, Public Works Director Howard Christian, City Manager Terri Vela and Commissioner Barry Beard.
Santana Edwards, Public Works Director Howard Christian, Phillip Graham, Surface Water Chief Operator- Kenneth Bartling