Dallas metro success story: Tawakoni and Wylie Water Pipeline Projects 2013

Dallas metro success story: Tawakoni and Wylie Water Pipeline Projects

Despite variances in water supply and quality across the state, most Texans agree on two things: they want the water in their communities to be reliable and affordable.

Two projects now underway in the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) meet those requirements. The Tawakoni Water Treatment Plant Pipeline project includes more than 14 miles of water transmission line. It serves customers in eastern Dallas and northern Kaufman counties; specifically, the cities of Terrell, Forney and Mesquite. The Wylie Water Treatment Plant Pipeline project has more than 28,000 feet of transmission line that will now be connected to an existing line southeast of Lucas.

These projects were funded, in part, with just over $43.9 million in financial assistance from the Texas Water Development Board. NMTWD was looking for ways to provide savings to its rate payers, and the lower financing costs from TWDB allowed the water district to make that happen.

The projects also illustrate the successful efforts of regional water planning in Texas. Both were recommended strategies in the Region C Regional Water Plan.

For the Tawakoni plant, NTMWD Executive Director Jim Parks reports around 150,000 customers have been positively affected. "We needed to diversify the system because all the capacity was coming from a single hub. Now, water is transferred from a state of the art water treatment plant. There's improved reliability for existing customers in the southern part of the system and lower wholesale costs for newer customers."

A reliable source of water improves and strengthens the ability for these communities to expand their economies, Parks says.

"A supply of water from a regular system now gives communities the ability to look toward the future. They can either grow as a bedroom community, or be more interesting to companies that need water and want to develop there."