Trans-Texas Water Program: southeast area: draft report: system operation of surface water supply sources in the Houston area




Gooch, Thomas C. and Robert S. Gooch

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Freese and Nichols, Inc.


Often a surface water system has more than one source of supply. It is possible that the overall operation of the overall system can be coordinated in such a way that a greater yield will be produced than if the various sources were operated independently. One of the goals of this study is to analyze the potential gain from a coordinated system operation of Lake Houston, Lake Conroe, Lake Livingston and the Wallisville salt water barrier. Some objectives of this study are to review the system operation methods that are applicable in this case, to explain why they lead to increased yields, and to evaluate how much yield can be possibly gained by their effective use. This study uses two ways to examine the potential yields and system operation gains. The first way was to assume that the maximum system yield is the primary goal and that all other considerations are secondary. The second way was based on a set of assumptions that reflect some of the more important practical limitations on factors such as minimum lake levels and rates of withdrawal.


98 pgs.


water supply, water conservation, water quality, wate resources development