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Increased Demands Shape Future Water Supply Planning

The Tarrant Regional Water District will see demand for water grow by at least 54 percent within the next 50 years as the population nearly doubles in North Central Texas.

A report by CDM Smith predicts that the population will grow from 2.5 million to 4.9 million in 2070 with TRWD providing 83 percent of the water within its 11-county service area.

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TRWD’s Water Resources Director to Serve on Texas’ First-Ever Flood Plan Committee

Rachel Ickert, TRWD’s water resource engineering director, has been selected by the Texas Water Development Board to serve on a regional planning group that will work on a flood-control blueprint for the Trinity River basin, which stretches from North Texas to near the Gulf Coast.

The Trinity regional flood plan, due to be completed in January 2023, will then become a part of the state’s inaugural flood plan that is expected to be adopted by September 2024.

TRWD Creates an Art Gallery on the Trinity Trails

A mural art gallery is blossoming on the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth. Dozens of artists are turning the drab look of grey, concrete floodgates into works of art. The new artwork is based on a theme of river, nature, water. The artists did their thing and took it from there.

We all know the Trinity Trails are a cool place to roam about. Now, the further you roam, the more art you see. Now it’s up to you to seek adventure. Explore. And be a tourist in your own city.

This project was commissioned by the Tarrant Regional Water District. More info on Painting the River at:

Milestones for the Integrated Pipeline Project

With a new tunnel underneath the Trinity River complete, the Integrated Pipeline reaches a milestone. Workers are now beginning to add 50-foot sections of 108-inch diameter steel pipe. It's quite an accomplishment. Eventually, this section of pipe will carry water from Cedar Creek Reservoir into Tarrant County to meet the growing drinking water demands of TRWD customers.

Take a look inside a pipeline tunnel 150 feet below ground. It's part of the Integrated Pipeline Project that will boost the water district's capacity to bring additional water to the Metroplex from East Texas Reservoirs.

A Texas-Sized Environmental Cleanup

The Tarrant Regional Water District is entering the final stages of one of the largest environmental cleanup projects of its kind in Texas.

At its Oct. 20 meeting, TRWD’s board of directors approved about $1.4 million in contracts to remove contaminated soil from the former Fort Worth Police and Fire Training Center and adjacent property as part of the environmental remediation work connected to the Panther Island Central City project.

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Moving water, massive amounts of water

Rachel Ickert’s phone rang at about 4 a.m. in October 2015. The information was chilling.

“I remember getting the call early in the morning – I was awakened by someone there – who said it is still raining and the reservoir is coming up fast and we need to make some decisions fast,” said Ickert, water resources engineering director for the Tarrant Regional Water District.

The guy on the phone thought a hurricane had hit Richland-Chambers Reservoir. A storm in the lake’s watershed was filling up the lake – and fast. The dark clouds they had been watching were inundating the area and eventually would dump over 20 inches of rain in 48 hours.

Ickert and her District engineering flood team went into action. They stayed on the phone with the men standing on the rumbling reservoir spillway, constantly figuring out how many gates to open – and by how much – to minimize flooding. By mid-day, things began to calm down.

It was one of the first big tests for the District’s engineering flood team, and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. The group of 20 engineers, hydrologist, and data scientist keep their eyes on the sky, ready to work around the clock to protect property owners from a flood’s aftermath.

“We can’t control the weather, but we can control how we respond,” Ickert said.

(Background Photo of Richland-Chambers Spillway)

Trinity Paddle Trail Receives National Designation

Effective November 11, 2020, TRWD and the Trinity Coalition received the designation from the National Recreation Trails for the Trinity River Paddling Trail. We are excited to officially be a part of the National Recreation Trails family. Visit the American Trails website to learn more about the NRT program.

Paddle the trails along the Trinity River and you’ll see turtles and teal. Look real close and you’ll find crawdads, frogs, snakes, beavers and even a few alligators.

Pipeline Integrity: Keep the Water Flowing

In a typical year, more than 80 percent of the water we deliver to our customers comes from two East Texas Reservoirs – Cedar Creek and Richland-Chambers. The water is pumped through miles of huge underground pipelines on its way to Tarrant County.

Making sure our infrastructure works when it’s needed is a big part of what we do. Since the 1990’s we helped pioneer the use of electro-magnetic inspections to assess the status of those pipelines. The inspections locate wire breaks in pre-stressed concrete pipe. We use a risk-based structural model to help us identify which pipe segments are most distressed. From there we target about 15 segments per year for replacement.

The pipeline integrity program costs about 4-5 percent what it would cost to replace the entire pipeline. And it helps us get ahead of potential failures before they happen.

TRWD's operations personnel replace a segment of the Cedar Creek Pipeline as part of the district's pipeline integrity program.

District Receives AA+ Rating from Fitch

TRWD been upgraded to an AA+ bond rating by Fitch Ratings Service. The District had previously been rated AA.

“This is great news and our staff should be commended for the hard work that went into securing this ratings upgrade,” said Jack Stevens, TRWD’s board president. “It is a reflection of how our organization is viewed in the financial market and couldn’t happen without their efforts to control costs and maximize efficiency.”

In addition, Standard and Poor (S&P) Rating Service has reaffirmed TRWD’s AAA rating.

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Central City Bridges Nearing Completion

Work on the Central City Flood Control Project Bridges made significant progress in 2020. The White Settlement Bridge, seen here, is expected to open in soon and the Main Street and Henderson Bridges are scheduled for later this year. The bridges, which were strategically built over dry land to reduce costs, will pave the way for work on the new bypass channel as part of the federally sponsored Central City Project.

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New Pipeline Already Proving to be a Cost Savings

The Integrated Pipeline Project achieved another milestone in September 2020 when the Tarrant Regional Water District began pumping more than 240 million gallons of water a day from its East Texas reservoirs at a lower cost.

By using the new pipeline with its larger pipes and more efficient pumps, TRWD is able to save on its energy bill when delivering that water from the Richland-Chambers and Cedar Creek reservoirs to North Central Texas.

Recreation Highlights

(1) During 2020, TRWD opened two new trailheads with 52 parking spots: Riverglen and Parkview. (2) Twin Points Park operated at 50 percent capacity, hosting outdoor yoga and paddle boarding on its family-friendly swim beach. (3) Working to provide additional outdoor recreation opportunities, the district expanded its fishing program to create a fishing season. Learn more at facebook.com/TRWDFishTheFort. (4) Trail improvements in 2020 included expanding 1.2 miles of trail along east bank across from Trinity Park, improving the Westbank Trail with lighting, and a new 79-foot bridge over Marine Creek. (5) Despite the shut-down, TRWD Trash Bash went virtual and had nearly 4,500 participants. Thanks for helping keep our lakes and rivers clean! (6) Overall, 2020 was a busy year for Trinity Trail recreation with increases in trail traffic anywhere from 55% to 208%. (7) Panther Island Pavilion’s Beach was a popular destination in 2020 for families looking for fun, outdoor summertime activities.

Fort Worth Embraces TRWD’s Adopt A River Program

Russell English and his colleagues at Trailhead Exploration take great personal pride in keeping clean their half-mile section of the Trinity River’s banks near downtown Fort Worth.

English and others can be seen working alone, or in a group, picking up discarded bags, cups and bottles between the Phyllis Tilley pedestrian bridge and the Seventh Street Bridge.

“I think we enjoy the outdoors, and the trail system is unique, and it is more enjoyable when it’s clean,” said Russell English, co-founder and chief executive officer of Trailhead Exploration.

TRWD RainScape Wins Environmental Excellence Awards

The Tarrant Regional Water District’s innovative landscaping project that treats stormwater as an asset, not a burden, recently won two awards in the City of Fort Worth’s 2020 Environmental Excellence Awards.

TRWD RainScapes, a 175,000-square-foot landscaping effort that uses bioswales, permeable surfaces and native and adaptive plants to manage stormwater runoff, was given the Fort Worth Friendly Landscape award and Stormwater Innovation award at a virtual ceremony last week.

Virtual Conservation Classes Prove to be a Huge Success

When Covid-19 shut down everything, Heather Bass initially thought 2020 would be quiet.

As conservation coordinator for the Tarrant Regional Water District, Bass forlornly watched city after city cancel classes on container gardening, sprinkler repair and rainwater harvesting.

So, Bass decided to plant some digital seeds and my, how did her garden grow!

By completely transforming the Learn and Grow program from an in-person-get-your-hands-dirty experience to a watch-online-and-learn class, events that used to attract 50 students now bring in 250. Some classes enroll more than 1,000.

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