Feature Photo: Entrance to the Upper Trinity Regional Water District offices and water treatment plant in Lewisville. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Lewisville (Denton) — The Upper Trinity Regional Water District was approved for a $29,115,000 loan Thursday by the Texas Water Development Board, funding that will go toward a water transmission pipeline project.
The Upper Trinity provides wholesale treated water to 19 public entities, supplying over 29 million gallons per day (MGD).
Due to anticipated growth in its northeast service area, the Upper Trinity needs to expand capacity at the Harpool water treatment plant, thus increasing service from 5.3 to 23.5 MGD by 2035.
The proposed two new pipeline segments will provide redundancy and improve reliability.
Upper Trinity’s executive director, Larry Patterson, in his application to the TWDB, referred to the project as the RTWS Northeast Transmission Pipelines (Phases 1-6) and Loop. The two pipelines will consist of 33,000 feet of 36-inch pipeline in two phases of construction.
“The initial phases (1-2) of the proposed pipeline will extend from an existing 36-inch pipeline north and east towards the City of Celina, Denton County Fresh Water Supply District No. 10 (Artesia) and Mustang Special Utility District,” Patterson stated.
The TWDB funding will be distributed over four years, beginning with $10,605,000 in Series 2021; $9,100,000 in Series 2022; $4,705,000 in Series 2023; and $4,705,000 in Series 2024.
The closing date for this financial agreement is Nov. 1. The engineering feasibility report is due May 31, 2022, and the design phase is to be completed by June 30, 2023.
The project schedule then calls for the first construction contract to start July 31, 2023.
The project includes a local match of more than $9.7 million. The construction subtotal portion of the total project budget was stated as $29,778,000 out of $38,820,000.
VBX Project ID 2021-5501