Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP) Expansion | WWD Weekly Digest Video

Dec. 16, 2021
This $1.8 billion, 20,000 square foot pump station required more than 250,000 man hours. Learn how all the pieces came together.

The Northeast Water Purification Project intake pump station is a 20,000 square foot facility with more than 250,000 man-hours behind it. Clocking in at $1.8 billion, this project is one of several critical pieces to the ongoing efforts to provide an alternative water source to Houston, the fourth most populous city in the U.S.

Hear from Miguel Arguelles, project director for McCarthy Building Companies, about the construction logistics and safety matters addressed through planning and construction. Randy Rogers, Houston Water Works Team chief engineer, dives into the technical engineering aspects regarding the pump station’s raw water challenges, and Pau Vranesic, director of the Houston Water Works Team, shares the size and scope of this project and how it integrates with other aspects of the granter project scope, including the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer project, which was a 2020 WWD Top Project winner.

Project Stakeholders

  • Owners: City of Houston, Texas; North Harris County Regional Water Authority; Central Harris County Regional Water Authority; North Fort Bend Water Authority; and West Harris County Regional Water Authority
  • Designers: Houston Waterworks Team, a Joint Venture of CDM Smith and Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Contractors: Houston Waterworks Team, a Joint Venture of CDM Smith and Jacobs Engineering Group; and McCarthy Building Companies Inc.


  • Intro: (0:00)
  • Size and scale of NEWPP: (0:46)
  • Project delivery method used: (2:07)
  • Contractor’s project scope and size: (3:13)
  • How NEWPP integrates with the Luce Bayou Interbasin: (5:39)
  • Raw water source challenges & storm events: (7:31)
  • Logistic hurdles for construction on the lake: (9:26)
  • Addressing pipeline expansion & contraction: (13:10)
  • Safety elements for the project: (15:11)
  • Miguel shoutouts: (18:12)
  • Randy shoutouts: (19:07)
  • Paul shoutouts: (20:00)

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