San Jacinto River Authority: A Top Finisher in “Best Tasting Drinking Water in Texas”

By: Michella Lela Simpson
| Published 04/10/2019


CONROE, TX -- San Jacinto River Authority’s (SJRA) Groundwater Reduction Plan (GRP) Division earned top marks from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for its water quality garnering second place in a statewide contest.

Competition Lake Conroe’s water some of the best in the state!

The contest was held at the 2019 Texas Water Conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The prize-winning water was judged on clarity, color, taste, and odor.
The panel of judges included water professionals from around the state. Ron McCullough, GRP Utility Operations Superintendent and Miguel Sanchez, GRP Senior Utility Operator, received the award on behalf of SJRA. McCullough stated, “We are thrilled to be recognized for our work. SJRA takes great pride in the quality product we deliver to our groundwater reduction participants. We are excited to have our work recognized.”

SJRA’s surface water treatment plant at Lake Conroe utilizes a very robust treatment process, which includes granulated activated carbon, micro filtration, air stripping, and disinfection to produce the highest quality drinking water.

The plant was opened in 2015 as a regional solution to reduce the reliance on groundwater by drawing on a sustainable resource–surface water from Lake Conroe— to provide for Montgomery County’s economic growth and future.

Established in 1881, AWWA is the United States’ largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. More at

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