The City of Rosenberg engaged Jones & Carter, Inc. to produce a Groundwater Reduction Plan to meet the requirements of the Fort Bend County Subsidence District to convert thirty-percent (30%) of groundwater usage to an alternate source by 2016, and sixty-percent (60%) to an alternate source by 2025.
Several surrounding entities requested to participate with the City of Rosenberg in order for them to comply with the Fort Bend County Subsidence District regulations for conversion. The other entities in the Groundwater Reduction Plan include: Quadvest, L.P. (Bridlewood Estates), Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District (“MUD”) No. 5, Fort Bend County MUD No. 155, Fort Bend County MUD No. 162, and Fort Bend County Fresh Water Supply District No. 2.
In 2016, the City of Rosenberg will purchase approximately three (3) million gallons per day (“MGD”) of water from an alternative source. The three (3) MGD will not only meet the 2016 conversion requirements for the City of Rosenberg and the Groundwater Reduction Plan participants, but will also provide over-conversion credits to be utilized in emergency situations, times of drought, or in the event the alternative water source is temporarily unavailable.
By 2025, the City of Rosenberg and the Groundwater Reduction Plan participants will require approximately six (6) MGD of alternative water for 60% conversion. The City of Rosenberg projects purchasing at least six (6) MGD of alternative water in 2025 to continue to accumulate conversion credits and meet the future needs of the service area.
Between 2011 and 2016, the City of Rosenberg will construct approximately $11 million of groundwater plant and distribution system improvements to adequately distribute the alternative water and groundwater throughout the City of Rosenberg.