More funds approved for new reservoir in lower Colorado River basin

File Photo (AP Photo/LM Otero)
File Photo (AP Photo/LM Otero)

LANE CITY, Texas (KXAN) — The Lower Colorado River Authority unanimously approved spending $17 million on the next phase of a new reservoir near the Texas coast.

“The reservoir will benefit everyone in the region by reducing the demand on water from the Highland Lakes,” LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson said.

The new body of water would be built near Lane City in Wharton County, southwest of Houston. The reservoir would add 90,000 acre feet a year to the authority’s water supply, an increase of about 15 percent, the LCRA said.

Last year, $18 million was approved to purchase the property and conduct initial design, engineering and permitting. The additional money approved Wednesday will fund the final design and infrastructure need to pump water from the Colorado River to the reservoir, and then from the lake to the customers.

It will also be used to pay for moving an electric transmission line on the reservoir site.

The reservoir project is estimated to cost a total of about $215 million and be complete by 2017. LCRA is exploring potential funding sources, including grants and loans.

The LCRA said the new lake would reduce the need to release water from lakes Travis and Buchanan to serve customers in the lower basin.

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