GRP Timeline

Creation of LSGCD (September 2001)

After almost two decades of seeing water-level declines in water wells of various cities and utilities around Montgomery County, community leaders and elected officials petitioned the Texas Legislature to create the LSGCD to study and manage the aquifers in Montgomery County.

LSGCD Adopts Phase I Regulatory Plan (December 2006)

The Phase I Regulatory Plan established a target of 64,000 acre-feet per year as the maximum allowable groundwater production within Montgomery County and set a January 2015 deadline for regulated groundwater users to achieve the necessary reductions to meet the targeted amount.

LSGCD Adopts Phase II(A) Regulatory Plan (February 2008)

The Phase II(A) Regulatory Plan required all large volume groundwater users to conduct long-term planning to define how they would meet the LSGCD’s groundwater reduction requirements by the 2015 deadline. The results of the planning were required to be submitted to the LSGCD in the form of a “Water Resources Assessment Plan” by March of 2009.

SJRA Submits Joint WRAP to LSGCD (February 2009)

SJRA prepared a joint WRAP on behalf of 198 of the 201 large volume groundwater users in Montgomery County. Although the planning had been discussed with stakeholders for over a year, the WRAP was the first formal document officially proposing the SJRA’s regional solution for Montgomery County’s groundwater crisis. The WRAP included numerous engineering studies and details outlining the SJRA’s proposed regional, group-compliance approach.

LSGCD Adopts Phase II(B) Regulatory Plan (November 2009)

The Phase II(B) Regulatory Plan officially set forth the groundwater reduction requirements of the LSGCD. All large volume groundwater users in Montgomery County (which includes approximately 200 cities, utilities, and other water users) are required to reduce their groundwater usage to no more than 70 percent of their 2009 permitted amount. This required reduction of use must be accomplished by January 1, 2016. Phase II(B) also required each regulated user to submit a plan to the LSGCD by April 1, 2011, outlining in detail how the user intends to meet the LSGCD’s conversion requirement.

80% of County Water Users Join SJRA Joint GRP (July 2010)

In order to implement a countywide, joint GRP that would be available for any large volume water user in the county who wanted to join, the SJRA prepared a GRP Contract and circulated it to the approximately 200 large users who were subject to the LSGCD’s regulations. By the end of July 2010, contracts had been executed by cities, utilities and other water providers representing over 80 percent of the water use in Montgomery County.

SJRA Submits GRP to LSGCD (April 2011)

The GRP is the foundational document that lays out all of the action items that the SJRA must complete in order to meet the LSGCD’s requirement to reduce groundwater pumpage by 2016. It contains population and water demand data for all participating customers, descriptions of all plants and pipelines that must be built, explanations of how the plan will be financed and evidence of reliable sources of water.

Complete Transmission System PER (November 2011)

The preliminary engineering design for the 55-mile system of pipeline that must be constructed to deliver treated water to the various cities and utility districts that will then distribute it to their customers.

Complete Water Treatment Plant PER (November 2011)

The preliminary engineering designs for the water treatment plant, which will be located behind the Lake Conroe dam, near the east end.

Complete Intake Structure and Pump Station PER (November 2011)

The preliminary engineering design for the pump station that will be constructed in Lake Conroe to pump raw water from the lake into the water treatment plant. The raw water pump station will be connected to the dam and extend out over the water.

Complete High Service Pump Station PER (November 2011)

The preliminary engineering design for the pump station that will pump purified drinking water from the water treatment plant through the 50-mile system of pipelines to the customers, including storage tanks to be constructed next to the water treatment plant.

Complete Land Acquisition (August 2012)

The process of acquiring the necessary easements and rights-of-way to construct the pipelines and other facilities needed for the project.

Complete Transmission System Construction (September 2015)

The target deadline for completing construction of the 55-mile system of delivery pipelines.

Complete Water Plant Construction (September 2015)

The target deadline for completing construction of the water treatment plant.

Complete High Service Pump Station Construction (September 2015)

The target deadline for completing construction of the pump station that will deliver purified water through the pipelines.

Complete Intake Structure and Pump Station Construction (September 2015)

The target deadline for completing construction of the pump station that will pump raw water from the lake into the water treatment plant.

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