The Board of Directors for Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 46 (the “District”) has authorized the design of a storm water pump station facility to provide additional flood protection for residents of the District. The District previously sold infrastructure bonds for the project in 2018, and the project is not anticipated to increase the District’s tax rate.
The proposed pump station will be located at the existing District drainage outfall structure south of Bethany Bay Drive and generally just northeast of the Elkins High School campus. See the site layout that has been provided.
Over the past several years, the District has experienced numerous high water events on the Brazos River and has had to bring in temporary pumps to evacuate accumulated rainfall from the District because of restricted gravity outfall during these Brazos River events. The District engaged a study to determine the size of the pump station to minimize risk to residents of structural flooding in the District. The proposed 29,000 gallon per minute pump station will only be in operation when gravity outfall is restricted. The pump station will normally be operated on electrical power but the District is also including an emergency backup generator so that the pump station is still operational during electrical outages. Construction of the pump station should begin Q1 2021 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021.