The city of Weatherford recently reached a milestone that will allow its Reclaimed Water Project to move forward.
The city recently received its discharge permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the project. Weatherford Water Utilities Director Rick Shaffer presented the update to the Municipal Utility Board last week.
“This is a major accomplishment for this project,” Shaffer said. “This, along with the water rights permit that we had already received back in 2018, now gives us the authority to move forward with that project.”
Weatherford Mayor Paul Paschall said past city leaders took critical action in securing water for the future.
“The city has been working for over five years to obtain this permit, and it was one of the last big steps to proceed with the project. With the approval of this permit, the city is now able to proceed with construction of the project. In a direct context, receiving this permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is a major milestone,” Paschall said. “In a larger context, the reclaimed water project itself is a milestone in Weatherford’s water supply, along with construction of Lake Weatherford in the 1950s and the pipeline from Lake Benbrook in the 1990s. Weatherford’s past city leaders had the foresight, and took the necessary action, to develop and secure our current water supplies. This was critical to Weatherford having enough water for our customers during the drought that occurred 2011-2015. This reclaimed water project is one more piece of the puzzle to ensuring a reliable long term water supply for our city.”
In September of 2018, the Weatherford city council decided to move forward with the project, which would pump treated effluent water into Lake Weatherford instead of discharging the treated water to Lake Benbrook. The Reclaimed Water Project would reduce the city’s need to purchase water from Lake Benbrook and supplement water supply to Lake Weatherford.
“Planning for new water supplies generally occurs over decades, not years, and this project is no different. Initial planning for the Reclaimed Water Project began over 15 years ago. Significant process was made after the city hired a consultant, Freese & Nichols, to prepare a preliminary engineering study which was completed in 2014,” Paschall said. “After water is used, it is currently being returned to a water reclamation facility for treatment and disinfection before being discharged into Town Creek. This treatment process is regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Town Creek then flows into the Clear Fork Trinity River, and then into Lake Benbrook.
“The purpose of the project is to supplement the city’s water supply by reclaiming that treated water that is…