LRWSS begins planning for expansion
TRAís Livingston Regional Water Supply System has initiated planning to expand the systemís treatment capacity in response to population increase in the systemís service area, coupled with changes in the city of Livingstonís water supply resources.
LRWSS originally was constructed to supply up to two million gallons per day of treated water to the city of Livingston. The system was enlarged to three MGD in 1992 to supply water to the Texas Department of Criminal Justiceís Polunsky Unit. Service was extended to the IAH Detention Facility, a privately run prison, in 2006.
Over time, the plant has steadily increased hours of operation in response to increased need for water due to population growth in the systemís service area. To meet the water needs of its customers, LRWSS began operating around the clock in 2009.
In addition, Livingston now requires more water after decommissioning four groundwater wells that previously served as an emergency backup supply.
TRA has contracted with an engineering firm to provide water demand projections and evaluate expansion alternatives for the system.