The San Jacinto River Authority is primarily known for managing and operating Lake Conroe.  Many of those living around Lake Conroe and Montgomery County aren’t even aware that SJRA has another operating division in east Harris County, but we do! Many people are unaware that our Highlands Division is actually the oldest division of SJRA. Our Highlands Division delivers raw water (untreated water) from Lake Houston and the Trinity River through an extensive 27-mile system of canals and a 1,400-acre staging reservoir to provide water to customers such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, and a number of other industrial, municipal, and agricultural customers pursuant to long-term water supply contracts. The Highlands Division delivers more water each day than all of SJRA’s other operating divisions combined. If you’re interested in learning more about SJRA’s Highlands Division, one way is to go to and scroll down to our divisional video.

Another great (and very fun) way to learn about our Highlands Division is our new Highlands Story Map! SJRA has created a virtual tour of our Highlands Division, perfect for those visual learners, kids, or anyone who wants a fun and engaging spin on water industry information! We know the information can be lengthy and hard to digest, that’s why we made it easy with the story map. The story map features two characters, Hyde Beaudreaux and Landos Gator… together Hylands! The two will take you through our entire Highlands operation, from the early history of the division starting in the 1940s, to the Lake Houston pump station, all the way down to our canals that eventually deliver the water to our large industrial customers! We won’t give all the details here on what our wonderful folks down in the Highlands do, we prefer to let the story map tell their story! To view our Highlands story map, please visit

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