Future Water Sources
Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) is responsible for securing new water sources for Fort Worth and its other customers in Tarrant County. Current water resources are projected to meet projected growth through the year 2030.
Water Supply Planning
In 1997, under the leadership of then Lt. Governor Bob Bullock, the Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill One. Senate Bill One called for a system of regional and statewide water supply planning managed by the Texas Water Development Board. Texas’ 254 counties were divided into 16 regional water planning groups. Each regional group was tasked with developing a regional water plan. Each regional water plan is incorporated into a comprehensive state water plan by the Texas Water Development Board. The regional and statewide plans are updated every five years.
The City of Fort Worth and Tarrant Regional Water District are active participants in the Region C Regional Water Planning Group. Region C consists of the counties comprising the Fort Worth-Dallas Metroplex. Planning is performed on a fifty-year planning horizon. The current regional water plan identifies water supply strategies through the year 2060.
The 2006 Region C Regional Water Plan recommends strategies for both the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant Regional Water District. Specific strategies are listed below.
City of Fort Worth Strategies:
Additional supply from TRWD
Conservation and water reuse
Water treatment and distribution system expansions
Tarrant Regional Water District Strategies:
Conservation and water reuse - Savings in water use due to water conservation are assumed in the projected demands for TRWD and its customer cities.
Eagle Mountain Connection - This pipeline will allow delivery of water from TRWD’s large east Texas reservoirs to Eagle Mountain Lake. It will increase the supply available to rapidly growing North Tarrant County. The pipeline is currently under construction and will be operational in 2008. Cost $170 million.
Third Pipeline to Richland Chambers and Cedar Creek – This pipeline will supplement delivery of water from TRWD’s existing east Texas reservoirs and additional water supply from water reuse projects. It will be operational in 2018. Cost $626.3 million.
Marvin Nichols Reservoir and Pipeline – This proposed lake is in the Sulphur River basin 115 miles north east of the Metroplex. Operational in 2030 TRWD share of Cost $1.5 million.
Pipeline to the Toledo Bend Reservoir – This is an existing lake on the Sabine River that borders Texas and Louisiana. This supply would need to be pumped more than 200 miles to the Metroplex. Operational in 2050 TRWD share of Cost $1 billion.
Importation of water from Oklahoma – At the present time, the Oklahoma Legislature has enacted a moratorium on out of state water transfers. Oklahoma remains a promising potential source of water supply due to its location and vast amount of supply in existing lakes without competing water demands. Operational in 2060 Cost $300 million.