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Mary's Creek Water Reclamation Facility

Draft Permit Issued

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft permit for the Mary’s Creek Water Reclamation Facility on March 13, 2020. The required public notice published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and La Estrella on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, respectively.

The publication date starts the 30-day period for commenting to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or requesting a public meeting. Read the public notice or visit the TCEQ website for instructions.

Permit Application

The City of Fort Worth applied on March 23, 2018 to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit to construct the facility. On May 11, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality informed the city it had deemed the application administratively complete and was beginning its technical review of the application.

The city published a public notice in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and La Estrella advertising its intent to obtain a water quality permit.

This new facility will serve the needs of the growing western part of the city. There are capacity limitations for the existing wastewater collection system serving the Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility, located on the far eastern side of Fort Worth.

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 landscapes or athletic fields, as well as or for commercial and industrial uses. It is a critical part of Fort Worth’s future water supply.

History

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 – a 100-acre site along Chapin Road that is across Mary’s Creek from the Waste Management landfill. The city projects the new treatment facility needs to be operational by 2026.

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