Input sought from Sugar Land residents on future water needs for master plan

By Elsa Maxey 

Next Monday, the City of Sugar Land will have solicited public input for its water master plan and if you make it to the meeting, you’re bound to know where water that runs from your faucet originates and much more.

The city’s process to update its Water Master Plan next week will include a variety of opportunities for the community to provide input and feedback, reports the city.  Topics relating to drought management, water use and conservation are essential components of a water master plan that was last updated in 2007.

The September 9 meeting at city hall from 6-8 p.m. will include a presentation about the plan update, the city’s plans for future water needs, and there will also be a review of community input that has already been gathered, according to the city.  Residents, who may have already been in touch with the city about a variety of water issues, will in all likelihood have their comments and concerns factored into the development of the updated plan.

The city’s conservation measures this year included a voluntary two day a week watering schedule in accordance with designated irrigation zones throughout the city.  It previously reported that 45 percent of water demands in Sugar Land are for outside use, and estimates indicate that about half of that is wasted from over irrigating landscapes and poorly maintained irrigation systems.

It is expected that Sugar Land’s surface water treatment plant, now in its second year of construction, will draw water from Oyster Creek and will become another component of the city’s water master plan.  The surface water treatment plant is being built to meet the Fort Bend Subsidence District’s mandated 30% reduction of groundwater use originally intended to be accomplished by 2013, but the date has been extended.  The county and state mandates require substituting surface water for groundwater sources, which are currently used as primary drinking water.

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