Pearland's new surface water treatment plant that will provide independence from the city of Houston for sourcing clean drinking water is expected to reach “substantial completion” in August.

The City Council was presented the city’s capital improvement plan going into the fiscal year 2023-24 budget planning process. Each year, the city also puts together a five-year capital improvement program that details many of the city’s major developments in the design and construction phases.

According to the March 20 presentation, the $175 million water treatment plant is expected to undergo final commissioning in October. In May, the city will have submitted all necessary paperwork and will then await state approval before distributing water.

Pearland Director of Communications Joshua Lee previously told Community Impact the plant, which has been in the works for over 20 years, will be able to process about 10 million gallons of raw water per day.

The new plant is one of the city’s several large-scale water improvement projects, including the expansion of the Barry Rose wastewater facility, among others.

City officials project the slew of major water and wastewater projects will cause future hikes in utility rates. Rate increases will help the city pay for the new infrastructure, according to officials.