The City of Amarillo Potter County Well Field Improvements project consists of the addition of 21 new production water wells, the pump station, and pipelines to deliver an estimated 20 million gallons of potable drinking water per day to the City. The Potter County Well Field is the City’s first new well field since the development of the Carson County well field in the late 1950’s. The project is funded through two loans totaling $86,285,000.00 obtained from the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) which provides financial assistance for the planning, design and construction of State Water Plan projects. Currently, the TWDB portion of the project consists of eight active or completed contracts totaling just over $70,000,000. The City invested an estimated $5,600,000 during the planning and design phases of the project that is in addition to the two Texas Water Development Board loans.
- The 21 new wells were drilled in Potter and Carson Counties approximately 18 miles northeast of the City of Amarillo.
- A new pump station capable of delivering up to 20 million gallons of water per day has been built at 21801 State Hwy 136.
- A 42”/48” transmission main has been installed to transfer water 18.1 miles from this new pump station to the existing N.E. 24th Street Pump Station.
- Another feature of the project is an interconnect line that can move water from either the Potter County or Carson County Well Fields through either the new Potter County transmission main or the existing Carson County transmission main. This feature significantly enhances the security of the system by providing redundancy to the water transmission system in this area.
Currently, sixteen of the twenty one wells are in production and capable of producing the estimated 20 million gallons per day. A future pipeline will transfer water from the N. E. 24th St. Pump Station across the City to the Osage Water Treatment Plant where the water can be dispersed throughout the city as needed.
The vision and foresight for the development of the Potter County Well Field ensures adequate and safe supplies of potable water for the future of Amarillo. This project allows the City of Amarillo the flexibility to ensure water for our current and future demands.