City of Katy spends millions on water projects to keep up with growth

Katy City Council has approved millions in spending on water projects to keep up with the city's growth. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper
Katy City Council has approved millions in spending on water projects to keep up with the city's growth. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper

Katy City Council has approved millions in spending on water projects to keep up with the city's growth. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper

The city of Katy has approved millions of dollars worth of water projects in recent months, and it is largely to keep up with water demands associated with growth, Katy Mayor Pro Tem Chris Harris said.

Approved projects include building two new water storage tanks near Kingsland Boulevard and Pederson Road.

The first is a 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank to be added to Katy Water Plant No. 7 at Young Ranch. The construction bid was awarded to Maguire Iron Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the Jan. 27 Katy City Council meeting.

The total cost is $1,246,391, which includes contingencies and engineering as well as the base bid, according to city documents.

The second is a 1 million-gallon ground storage tank at Water Plant No. 7. The construction bid total was $1,061,160 and was awarded to Schier Construction Co. of Houston, per city documents.


The ground storage tank, which will also bring drinking water to Young Ranch, will be paid for with reserve funds from the water and sewer fund.

In addition, council approved a third project to help facilitate water flow out of the city at the Jan. 27 meeting.

The city awarded HTI Construction Inc. of Rosenberg a $119,714 contract for the Goldeneye Storm Sewer Project in a subdivision near Katy Hockley Road.

City engineer David Leyendecker said the Goldeneye Storm Sewer Project, which will install a storm sewer in the north side of the city, will affect eight homes; he said he has informed them individually.

Harris said this project will be funded via the city's regular budget.

The city of Katy's planning department said it was unable to respond to Community Impact Newspaper's inquiry regarding the status of these projects.

Council Member Durran Dowdle said in a March 26 email budgeted and scheduled items, such as infrastructure repairs and normal city services, will continue as planned. He added that bond packages for flood mitigation will remain on schedule.

"Service to our citizens is always a priority," he said.


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