Houston-area will exceed water supply in 2060

The Center for Houston's Future estimates that it will cost $13 billion by the year 2060 to address issues with the region’s water supply, according to the organization’s annual Greater Houston’s Quality of Place.

The organization unveiled the report at its symposium Friday at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

That figure includes accounting for population growth and improvements to the infrastructure, according to Sandra Wegmann, manager of strategic initiatives.

The water supply is sufficient for now, she said, but at current usage rates, but by the year 2060, the region will exceed the available water supply by about 35 percent, requiring an additional 1 billion gallons per day.

Wegmann also said it's likely that some of the $13 billion will be passed on to consumers. Houston residents already have witnessed an initial response to the water supply by the City of Houston, which increased water rates last June. Businesses saw a near 10 percent increase, while rates for single-family homes went up 30 percent.

The report focused on the region’s water quality, water supply and green buildings, and was compiled with the assistance of data groups from eight counties, including local governments, businesses, academia, and research institutions.

Read the full story in the Houston Business Journal.

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