Friendswood is inching closer to its goal of building a new waterline at Clear Creek to improve the city’s water pressure and quality.

The gist

On March 4, Friendswood Director of Engineering Jil Arias presented updates on the water line project, which has been in the works since 2022, to Friendswood City Council.

Arias confirmed the area near Clear Creek was undergoing drilling and an environmental assessment to determine exactly where the waterline should be built.

A city presentation indicated the waterline would run parallel to FM 2351 between Blackhawk Boulevard to FM 518.

The background

Community Impact previously reported a study commissioned by Friendswood found the city struggled to get water to the southwest part of town.

This was partially created by the bottleneck of water resulting from only two waterlines crossing Clear Creek and the city’s surface water having to go through Houston’s Southeast Water Purification Plant before being pumped to the city’s southwest side.

As a solution, the study proposed adding a 24-inch waterline crossing Clear Creek to run parallel to the existing water line, which will increase the amount of water that can travel through the zone.

The background

Arias said after the completion of surveying, the city is expected to submit a bid for the engineering phase by the end of 2024.