Engineering Updates – March 30, 2021

District Engineer’s Report (Odyssey Engineering Group)


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).  Project is complete pending installation of new electrical meter from Centerpoint to the facility.  Once that is installed, Contractor will finalize punchlist items and project will be closed out.  Plant is fully operational.

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.). Final project inspection is scheduled for April 1, 2021.  Plant is fully operational.

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.

Materials have been ordered and will delivered by early May 2021.  Construction operations will commence once received.

Epoxy Repairs on Structural Levee

Project includes re-grouting and applying of epoxy to maintain the structural levee walls in the District.

Notice to Proceed will be issued for April 5, 2021.  Contract is expected to take ninety (90) days.

Bullhead Slough – Phase Two

Project will dredge and rehabilitate the side slopes of the portion of Bullhead Slough between Oyster Creek and Farmer Road.

Project is substantially complete with inspections scheduled for first week of April 2021.

Main Channel Clean Out – Phase Two and Three

Project includes dredging of the main drainage channel between Pitts Road and Plantation Road and the South Pump Station, located at F.M. 359. Project is complete.


Administration Building

Project includes construction of an administration building to serve the District and community at the southern edge of Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road (adjacent to the PGVFD south station).

Plans have been approved by Fort Bend County Drainage District and Fort Bend County and are still with City of Richmond. Construction is expected to commence in April 2021, pending agency permits.

Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing and Televising

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.

District authorized Odyssey to received bids for the smoke testing and televising for the following areas of the District:

  • Plantation Sections 6, 9, 12 & 22
  • Greens Sections 1 & 2
  • Rock Fence Dr. and Bittersweet Dr. (Plantation Sections 4 & 5)
  • Plantation Place
  • Lakeside Dr. (Pecan Lakes, Section 2)

Eight (8) bids were received on March 2, 2021 for the project.  The low bidder is Pro-Pipe with a bid of $62,983.80, well below the budgeted amount of $82,000.  Contract was awarded to Pro-Pipe.

Odyssey and EDP will coordinate resident notification to the upcoming project.

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.


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.

Back Up Power at Water Production Facilities

Odyssey presented preliminary construction estimates for providing generators at the three water production facilities that do not currently have generators.  The District is investigating ways to fund these improvements.

2020 Water Production Report for Fort Bend Subsidence District

Odyssey submitted the permit rebate and over-conversation credit applications to the Fort Bend Subsidence District for 2020.

In 2020, the District used 717.6 million gallons.  Of that, 194.3 million gallons was from ground water and 523.3 million gallons were from surface water, for a surface water usage of 73%!

The District will receive conversion credits for 2020 in the amount of 215.3 million gallons, which will bring the total conversation credits for the District to 2.704 billion gallons.