The city of Houston, Texas, in association with four regional water authorities, is expanding its Northeast water purification plant (NEWPP) from 80 million gallons per day (mgd) to 400 mgd, dramatically increasing its ability to support steady residential and commercial growth while reducing dependency on groundwater. The Houston Waterworks Team, a joint venture between CDM Smith and Jacobs, is delivering this $1.77B project in partnership with the city and the four authorities. The NEWPP project is the largest progressive design-build project of its kind presently underway in the United States, and construction on the 90-acre site is now underway.
We're helping the city to deliver much larger production rates and preserving high-quality finished water, despite a broad range of raw water quality issues.
This exciting and complex project will help greater Houston meet its future drinking water needs.
By the Numbers
Given its size, the project entails notable quantities and firsts, including: over 1 million cubic yards of earthwork; 200,000 cubic yards of structural concrete; 4 million construction man-hours with zero lost-time accidents; 1,400 created jobs; and the largest installation of 40-inch diameter dual purpose centrifuges at any water treatment plant in the United States.