Thirst for resources: Population boom brings need for multimillion-dollar water infrastructure development

The development boom in Pearland and Friendswood has attracted more health care options, retailers and tax dollars to improve the quality of life for residents, but the additional rooftops mean increasing pressure on water and sewer infrastructure.

The city of Pearland is trying to stay ahead of the population curve as developers snatch up undeveloped plots. But the city may be unable to quench the thirst of its growing population within five years without massive investments in its water and sewer infrastructure.

“At the end of the day, water is going to dictate growth in the area,” Pearland Public Works Director Eric Wilson said.

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