Now that construction has started, Hartt has taken on a range of new, but related responsibilities. She continues to work closely with other government agencies, particularly the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), which is financing the majority of Lake Ralph Hall thru the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas programs.
In addition, Hartt also oversees other elements of the project. “I directly manage our roadway Progressive Design Build contract and provide oversite of the other program elements,” which include the dam, aquatic mitigation, conveyance system and other onsite facilities.
Her years with a front row seat to the project have given Hartt a clear vision on the importance of water, and specifically Lake Ralph Hall.
“Water is the life blood of everything,” she pointed out. “No one can live without water—it’s an absolute necessity that is often taken for granted. I’ve come to realize just how precious our water is, and how much time, energy and effort it takes to treat and deliver it to our communities. That’s why those of us at Upper Trinity have to plan 50 years in advance and track our population growth—so we can keep up with demand."
"Lake Ralph Hall is going to be a critical water source for our customers, and we need it by 2026,” she concluded. “Being a part of such a monumental water supply project is incredibly rewarding.”