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April Technical Speaker 2

Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project

Mr. Greg Olinger, P.E., PMP - Chief Engineer and Operations Manager, Coastal Water Authority

The purpose of the LBITP is to provide additional surface water supplies from the Trinity River to Lake Houston via pump station, pipelines and earthen canals to meet the increased demand for surface water in the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District (HGSD) Area Three. Increased demand in the area is being driven by the conversion from groundwater supplies to surface water supplies as well as population growth.

Existing infrastructure allows for the transfer of Trinity River water to the City of Houston COH) East Water Purification Plant (EWPP) and the Southeast Water Purification Plant SEWPP). However, there are currently no conveyance facilities to provide raw Trinity River water to the COH Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP), which treats water from Lake Houston. The NEWPP is vital in providing treated surface water to HGSD Area Three and previous studies have shown that Lake Houston and NEWPP cannot meet future demands at their current capacity. Transfer of additional raw water supplies to Lake Houston and future expansion of treatment capacity at the NEWPP is required to allow for the mandatory conversion from groundwater to surface water. The LBITP will provide the additional raw water resources necessary to satisfy these demands. The COH holds permits to divert raw water at a maximum rate of 775 cubic feet per second (CFS) (approximately 500 million gallons per day [MGD]) from the Capers Ridge site on the Trinity River to Lake Houston.

This interbasin transfer project includes a raw water intake structure and pump station, 3 miles of pipeline, a sedimentation basin, and approximately 23.6 miles of canal. The Capers Ridge Pump Station (CRPS) will be located on the Trinity River. The pipeline will extend west/southwest approximately 3 miles along a geological ridge (Capers Ridge). The pipeline will then outfall into the sedimentation basin at the start of the canal. The canal will outfall into the lower reaches of Luce Bayou, which flows into the northeastern corner of Lake Houston.

Participating third parties in the LBITP include COH, North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA), West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA), Central Harris County Regional Water Authority (CHCRWA), and North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA), herein referred to as the Co-Participants. Other entities may benefit from the LBITP in the future.

Greg Olinger is the Chief Engineer and Operations Manager of the Coastal Water Authority since August 2012. The Coastal Water Authority (CWA) conveys and distributes raw water to the City of Houston’s water purification plants and other municipal, industrial, and agricultural customers in Harris, Chambers, and Liberty Counties. Greg oversees the development, design, and construction of new projects and the operations and maintenance of a 1 billion gallon per day raw water pump, conveyance, and distribution system. He manages a staff of 75 personnel responsible for the operations and maintenance of CWA’s water resource infrastructure. Greg serves as a board member for the Society of American Military Engineers, Houston Post.

He is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and lives in Cypress, TX.

Education

BS, Civil Engineering U.S. Military Academy

MBA University of Houston

Masters in Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College

Credentials

Texas Professional Engineer

PMI Project Management Professional

 

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