The city of West University Place continues its advancements towards flood control and water projects with a May 4 groundbreaking event for the Law Street Water Line project. The project will connect the homes of residents in the 4100-4200 blocks of Law Street to the West U water distribution system. Currently, those residents receive water from the city of Houston, according to city officials.

How we got here: Not being connected to West U’s water system caused service and communication interruptions for residents, according to documents provided by West U’s Public Works Department.

Zooming in: Last September, West U City Council authorized the sale of a certificate of obligation to fund these improvements. Unlike general obligation bonds, certificates of obligation do not require voter approval, providing more flexible spending to cities.

  • The project is expected to be completed by September, at an estimated $265,617 cost, according to city officials.
  • Project perimeters include approximately 1,500 linear feet of 4-inch water lines.
  • The scope spans from Law Street from Community Drive to Academy Street; and from Fairmont Street from Law Street to Albans Street.
  • Sidewalks on Law Street will only be replaced if they are damaged during the process of construction, according to city officials.

Quote of note: “We are delighted to finally be adding these residents to West U’s water system where they belong,” Mayor Susan Sample said in a news release. “In addition, this project eliminates the need for separate notifications during emergencies related to the water system.”