Texas Water Development Board Approves Funds for Tarrant, Wise Counties Rural Water Projects
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Bridgeport, Texas (Wise County).
by Adolfo Pesquera
Austin (Travis Co.) - The Texas Water Development Board on Friday approved financial assistance of more than $28 million for rural water and wastewater system improvement projects in Tarrant and Wise counties.
By resolution, financial assistance in the amount of $7 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the City of River Oaks in Tarrant County. River Oaks will use the assistance to improvements to its wastewater collection system.
The City has a contract agreement with City of Fort Worth to receive and treat all sewage collected within the system. In June 2006, the City entered into a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Initiative and subsequent Enforcement Order with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that established a plan for the City to rehabilitate its collection system and help reduce the risk to public health and the environment.
The City has replaced approximately 29 percent of it sewer mains. To continue this effort, the City is seeking planning, design, and construction funds for the replacement of approximately 8.7 miles of aged sewer lines ranging from 6 to 8 inches in diameter, construction of manholes, reattachment of existing sewer services, and new sewer cleanouts.
The proposed project will complete the replacement of sewer mains, as required in the SSO agreement.
River Oaks also received financial assistance in the amount of $8 million from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
With the assistance approved today, the City will be able to finance the planning, design, and construction costs associated with improvements to the water system. The City is also adjacent to the Joint Reserve Air Base, which was the residence for many military families during World War II.
A majority of the City's water lines were installed in the 1940's and 1950's and consist mostly of cast iron, galvanized iron, and asbestos cement. These aging water lines are causing significant leaks, poor
water quality, and pressure issues due to the rust and corrosion associated with cast iron and
The City has had Texas Commission on Environmental Quality complaints concerning discolored water and water pressure below 35 psi. The new water mains will be adequately sized to maintain TCEQ required pressures and will address water quality and water loss issues. In addition, the proposed system upgrades will allow looped and diversified water mains equipped with gate valves to provide service during repairs.
In other business, the TWDB approved $13.43 million of financial assistance from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to the West Wise Special Utility District in the town of Bridgeport. The District will use the assistance to finance water system improvements.
The District operates its own surface water treatment plant (SWTP) and buys raw water from Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) and treated water from Walnut Creek Special Utility District.
The District’s SWTP is over 40 years old and due to its age, decreased raw water quality and increased regulatory requirements has failed to meet Stage 2 Disinfection Byproduct requirements.
The District received a Notice of Violation from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and entered into an Agreed Order on April 28, 2016, to address the deficiencies. The Agree Order requires that the District be in compliance within one calendar year.
Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has previously worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He is a communications graduate of the University of Texas-PanAmerican.
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