On Monday the 10th of August 2015, the Coryell County Commissioners Court approved $10,000 to begin a study that would analyze the water sources, future water needs and population growth for the area.
One of the particular aims of the study is to decide whether a new off-channel reservoir between two towns on a tributary next to Cowhouse Creek will ultimately be beneficial to the County and its importance level.
News Channel 25 reports:
“The study may help determine the importance of the reservoir for Coryell County and who would use that water. The results may help illustrate if the reservoir should be considered a higher priority for state projects. Currently, it is not listed as a higher priority for state projects.
The study would also determine the pipelines, water treatment plant and water storage needed. In addition, it would look into if it will beneficial to go from ground water to surface water.
Wall said the study would also allow different cities in the county and water providers to work together as they try to get water systems interconnected.
“We’re all out here single districts and if there a problem in our water systems, we have no ability to interconnect with the other systems,” said Wall.”
This study will be very beneficial to Coryell County, and they will know if they have received the grant for it by Dec 2016.
Looking forward to understand and meet future demand requirements is a part of infrastructure management planning.
Although this project is relatively small, we have highlighted it because it is a practical example of analyzing future demand in a focused way, and because the study is also looking to try to take a more holistic and wider view of the use of water resources.
Having a look at whether cities and water providers might benefit from interconnected water systems just seems like plain common sense.
From an infrastructure asset management viewpoint interconnected water systems has potential to offer better management of water source risks, and to improve system resilience.
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