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City taking next step toward making west side water reclamation facility a reality

Posted Feb. 5, 2018

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With rooftops sprouting on the city’s west side, the Fort Worth Water Department will soon take a major step toward meeting the demands of those new homes and businesses.

In February, the department plans to file a discharge permit application with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the Mary’s Creek Water Reclamation Facility. The permitting process could take anywhere from 18 months to three years to complete.

A water reclamation facility cleans the water that goes down drains of homes and businesses so it can be reused for beneficial purposes. For two decades, the Fort Worth Water Department has been planning to build a new water reclamation facility to serve the needs of the western part of the city. A feasibility study was conducted, potential reclaimed water customers have been identified and a site selection study (involving a community advisory group) ultimately resulted in the 2011 purchase of a site north of Mary’s Creek along Chapin Road.

In advance of filing the application, Fort Worth is reaching out to neighborhoods near the site and interested parties from the site selection process. The Water Department wants to update the community on the proposed project and the permitting phase, as well as gather feedback and answer questions.

Staff members are willing to attend a regular or special meeting of neighborhood associations or civic groups to explain the project and address questions. Contact Mary Gugliuzza at 817-392-8253.

Information about the project is on the city website.

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