District Engineer’s Report (Odyssey Engineering Group)
PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Electrical Improvements and Generator at Water Plant No. 2
The District is updating the electrical system including installation of a new generator at water plant no. 2 (located near the elevated storage tank). Centerpoint has installed the gas and the electrical meters at the facility. Final inspections are underway.
Improvements at Water Plant No. 3
The District is modifying the pumps and piping system at water plant no. 3 (located at the end of Willow Bend Dr.). Project passed final inspection and project will be closed in May 2021.
Automatic Transfer Switch for Water Plant 1 & Water Well 5
Project includes installation of necessary components to allow the connection of a portable generator to provide electricity to the facilities if the electrical grid is not providing the required electricity. Project was installed in April and preliminary inspection was held. Contractor addressing minor punchlist items and is expected to be completed in May 2021.
Epoxy Repairs on Structural Levee
Project includes re-grouting and applying of epoxy to maintain the structural levee walls in the District. Contractor is 90% complete with project. Inspections will be held in May 2021.
Bullhead Slough – Phase Two
Project will dredge and rehabilitate the side slopes of the portion of Bullhead Slough between Oyster Creek and Farmer Road. Inspections have been held and the Contractor is addressing punch list items.
This project includes construction of building to serve the Pecan Grove community and District at the southern edge of Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road (adjacent to the PGVFD south station). Plans are fully approved and the Contractor has mobilized and started construction.
Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing and Televising
The district authorized Odyssey and EDP to proceed with the budgeted smoke testing and televising of older sections of sanitary sewer collection system to determine if any structural issues exist in the system. Contractor’s Notice to proceed will be issued for May 4, 2021. For residents in areas to be tested, information will be hung on the front door that explains the process and what you might see. If you have any questions, please contact the PGMUD Office.
PROJECTS UNDER DESIGN
Surface Water Plant Driveway Modifications
Due to Fort Bend County’s planned extension of Brandt Road and planned intersection modifications of Brandt Road and Skinner Lane, the District’s driveway to the surface water treatment plant must be modified to accommodate future access. The District will be reimbursed for engineering and construction costs of these modifications. Modifications include relocation of driveway, access gate and related fencing and electrical work to accommodate new entry location. Construction plans have been submitted for agency review.
OTHER ENGINEERING ITEMS
AT&T Damage to District Facilities
Odyssey continues to work with AT&T regarding the unauthorized access and installation of fiber optic lines in the levee. District will repair the areas damaged with reimbursement from AT&T. AT&T will begin work on the levee restoration the first week of May 2021. Once they have completed their portion of the project, the District will perform the final levee restoration in the disturbed areas.
Fort Bend County Drainage District Levee Inspection
In April, representatives from Fort Bend County Drainage District (FBCDD), Odyssey Engineering Group and EDP met to begin the County’s levee inspection of the District’s levee and storm water facilities. Among many items, FBCDD reviewed the District’s information regarding the technical aspects of the levee and reviewed the District’s inspection and maintenance procedures. In May, representatives from FBCDD and the District will perform a field investigation of the facilities.
FEMA Risk 2.0
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is overhauling how flood insurance rates are determined for structures. This change is named FEMA RISK 2.0. Information is just starting to come out about this process and the resultant changes. All Officials from the area, including Fort Bend County, Fort Bend County Economic Development Corporation and Pecan Grove MUD are monitoring the information to ensure that residents and structures behind certified levees in Fort Bend County are appropriately considered.