Fort Worth, TX Wetlands Water Reuse Project
Status: Initiated in 1992
Source File: http://www.trwd.org/prod/AboutUs_Wetlands.asp
Tarrant Regional Water District
TRWD's Wetlands Water Reuse Project was the first of its kind in the United States, and will soon become a functional water supply alternative for the district's rapidly growing service area.
TRWD currently provides raw water to more than 1.6 million people in 10 counties. But that number is expected to increase to 4.3 million by 2060. This project will help the district meet those demands and push back the need to construct additional water supply reservoirs.
Located on Texas Parks and Wildlife's Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area on the Navarro-Freestone County line, the system consists of a series sedimentation ponds and wetland cells that naturally treat water diverted from the Trinity River and move it into Richland-Chamber Reservoir for future use. TRWD is currently authorized to divert 63,000 acre-feet of water per year from the Trinity River into Richland-Chambers Reservoir.
Work is currently underway to construct an additional 200 acres of wetland cells onto the 250-acre field scale wetlands project that began in 2002. The original pilot scale project began in 1992. The system will eventually feature 2,000 acres of high quality wetland habitat that can be used as a living filter for additional water supplies.
Operation of the wetland system is closely coordinated with Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists to maximize the wildlife benefits that a project of this nature can provide.