This Week in Houston Home Improvement & Construction News

YB Plumbing stays up to date with local news that might affect Houston homeowners and business owners.

1940s-era Texas City Reservoir undergoing $12M renovation

A major reservoir which provides a backup water supply is getting a renovation overhaul for the first time in over 70 years. The major renovation will focus on the old corrugated metal pipes which are rusting, and that allow water to flow in and out of the reservoir. The project is intended to help provide continued water supply for everyone in Galveston County and Texas City. Read more.

Mayor proposes major north-side road project

Plans are moving forward for the improvement of Richey Road which connects Texas 225 to Southmore Avenue. The project has an estimated cost of $12 million and has financing from at least two municipal sources. Read more. 

Homeowners and businesses along the road should always keep an eye out for any unexpected impact on their property. Although construction usually leaves no trace once complete, major road construction can in rare instances cause damage to underground sewer pipes.

Wind farm construction grows across the U.S.

According to the Houston Chronicle, new wind power construction is 40% larger than it was this time last year. In addition – and for Texans especially – the Chronicle reports that:

Most of that construction is in Texas, the Midwest and the West. Texas remains a leader when it comes to installed wind power capacity — with more than 20,000 megawatts — but wind power still accounts for only 13 percent of the state’s power mix.

Source: Houston Chronicle July 28th Edition

For all those interested in cheaper and more sustainable forms of energy for Houston and for Texas’s future, this news is good sign. Although there’s still a long way to go, taking pride in accomplishments so far can’t hurt.

Way to go Texas energy!

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