UCTA Hosts Regional WaterWorks Conference

December 2009 Vol. 64 No. 12

During lunch, keynote speaker Gary Oradat, executive director, Coastal Water Authority, discussed the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project. Scheduled for completion in June 2019, it will bring surface water from the Trinity River to Lake Houston (located on the San Jacinto River). The permit application will be submitted to the Corps of Engineers in March 2010. Estimated cost is $300 million (engineering, permitting, construction, etc.). The project is being funded by the city of Houston, North Harris County Regional Water Authority (RWA), West Harris County RWA, North Fort Bend RWA and the Central Harris County RWA. The city requested that Costal Water Authority deliver the project. The project encompasses a 400 MGD pump station, three miles of dual 108-inch pipeline, and 23 miles of open canal. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2016.

In the afternoon, four sessions were held. The first session was on the “Central Arizona Project Capital Improvement And Asset Management Programs,” presented by Randy Randolph, engineering manager, Central Arizona Water Conservation District-Central Arizona Project. During the second session, Arthur Morris, managing engineer, City of Houston and Gregory Henry, project manager, LAN, discussed the “City of Houston’s Large Diameter Water Line Projects.” Two panel discussions followed; the first of which addressed “New Technologies” highlighting pipe driver technology by Cliff Jones, chief operating officer, Pressure Pipe Inspection, and unmanned robotic applications by David Kurtz, regional manager, Pure Technologies. The trends in trenchless as they relate to water was the closing session. The featured speakers were John Hair, owner, J.D. Hair & Associates; Edward Boswell, president, BRH-Garver Construction; Dale Kornegay, president/CEO, BorTunCo; and Mark Boyer, president, Boyer Inc.

Attendees had plenty of time to visit with the many companies exhibiting at WaterWorks. Besides earning valuable education credits, attendees also had a chance to win raffle tickets to a Texan football game.

The conference was a success largely due to the generous contributions of its sponsoring companies: Boyer Inc., BorTunCo, Magnum Tunneling, Vermeer, Laughlin-Thyssen, LAN, Rain for Rent and Elastizell of St. Louis.