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Mary's Creek Water Reclamation Facility

History

The Water Department is proactively planning for the construction of a new water reclamation facility to serve the needs of the western part of the city. The new facility is needed because of projected population growth and the capacity limits of the current wastewater collection system for the Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility on the far eastern side of the city.

A water reclamation facility cleans the water that goes down drains in our homes and businesses so it can be reused for beneficial purposes. This highly-treated wastewater is called reclaimed water and must meet strict water quality standards established by the TCEQ. Reclaimed water can be returned to the environment to replenish water supplies or used to irrigate landscape in public parks, golf courses, residential homes, schoolyards or athletic fields, as well as for commercial and industrial uses. It is a critical part of Fort Worth’s future water supply.

A new westside facility has been discussed for two decades. Numerous studies commissioned by different entities have explored the wastewater needs for eastern Parker and western Tarrant counties, including a feasibility study. In 2009 and 2010, Fort Worth conducted a site selection study for a future facility in the Mary’s Creek basin. The process included a customer advisory committee and several opportunities for community engagement.

The result was the selection of three potential sites. In 2011, the city purchased one of these – an approximately 100-acre site along Chapin Road that is across Mary’s Creek from the Waste Management landfill. The water department projects the new treatment facility needs to be operational in 2025.

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