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Mary's Creek Water Reclamation Facility

Public meeting scheduled Because of significant public interest, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is holding a public meeting on the permit application on Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The meeting is being conducted as a webcast because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The official meeting notice explains how to access the meeting, provide comments, and ask questions.

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. Previous engineering studies evaluated collecting and treating wastewater from west Fort Worth at the Mary’s Creek Water Reclamation Facility, compared to significantly increasing the capacity of the wastewater collection system piping from west Fort Worth to the existing Village Creek Plant in east Fort Worth.

The studies showed that constructing the Mary’s Creek facility would not only be the lowest cost alternative, but would also provide a reclaimed water supply to the area that could supplement and extend the existing water supply. The State Water Plan includes the anticipated reclaimed water supply from the Mary’s Creek Water Reclamation Facility.

A water reclamation facility cleans the water that goes down drains in our homes and businesses so it can be reused for beneficial purposes. At the Mary’s Creek plant, as much of the treated water as possible will be conveyed directly to customers as reclaimed water, with the remainder of the treated water being discharged into Mary's Creek.

The treated water from Mary’s Creek will meet the reclaimed water standards as well as the stringent TCEQ discharge permit requirements. Examples of reclaimed water use includes irrigation water for lawns, landscaping, or athletic fields, as well as commercial and/or industrial use. The expanded use of reclaimed water is a critical part of Fort Worth’s future water supply.

History

A Mary's Creek 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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