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North Texas Water Supply Strategies. North Texas Commission Board of Directors September 18, 2008. North Texas Water Supply. Three major providers in Metroplex 25% of Texas population 8% of water used in Texas 90% of supply is from surface water. Lake Bridgeport, Wise County.

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north texas water supply strategies

North Texas Water Supply Strategies

North Texas Commission

Board of Directors

September 18, 2008

north texas water supply
North Texas Water Supply
  • Three major providers in Metroplex
  • 25% of Texas population
  • 8% of water used in Texas
  • 90% of supply is from surface water

Lake Bridgeport, Wise County

socioeconomic impacts of an inadequate water supply
Socioeconomic Impacts of an Inadequate Water Supply

2060 projections:

  • Population reduced by one million (7%)
  • Employment off by 700,000 jobs (17%)
  • Income shrinks by $58.8 billion (21%)

Lake Benbrook during 2005-06 drought

water supply strategies
Water Supply Strategies
  • Conservation and reuse (28% of future supply)
  • Oklahoma water
  • Marvin Nichols Reservoir
  • Toledo Bend Reservoir
reuse through wetlands
Reuse Through Wetlands
  • Capture return flows in the Trinity River
  • Return flows are wastewater discharges that originated in North Texas reservoirs
  • Constant and renewable resource

Trinity River near Richland-Chambers

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Reuse Through Wetlands
  • Wetlands used to naturally remove contaminants
  • Water is pumped into lakes without harming water quality
  • Innovative way to stretch water supplies

TRWD wetlands water recycling facility

indirect reuse plans in place
Indirect Reuse: Plans in place

500,000 Acre Feet by 2060

Cedar Creek

175,000 AF

Lake Lavon

104,000 AF x 2

Lake Ray Hubbard

60,000 AF x 2

oklahoma water in search of an existing supply
Oklahoma Water: In Search of an Existing Supply
  • 8 million acre-feet (2.5 trillion gallons) flows from Oklahoma into Red River in normal year
  • Untapped resource

Kiamichi River, Oklahoma

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Oklahoma Water: In Search of an Existing Supply

Permit applications filed by:

  • Tarrant Regional WD
  • Upper Trinity River WD
  • North Texas Municipal WD

Kiamichi River, Oklahoma

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Oklahoma Water: In Search of an Existing Supply
  • Nothing directly from Oklahoma reservoirs
  • Water supply will not be affected
  • Environmental flows come first

Lost Lake, Oklahoma

oklahoma water permit status
Oklahoma Water: Permit Status
  • 2004: Oklahoma extends moratorium
  • 2007: TRWD lawsuit asserts moratorium violation of interstate commerce laws
oklahoma water permit status1
Oklahoma Water: Permit Status
  • Oct. 2007: Oklahoma lost battle to dismiss lawsuit
  • May 2008: Appeal heard by 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Case pending)
oklahoma water promising resource
Oklahoma Water: Promising Resource
  • Oklahoma has enough water to supply 21 million additional residents
  • Trillions of gallons flowing out of state for free
  • Provide revenue source for Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK, Population: 540,000