More than $670 million approved for Lower Bois d’Arc Reservoir

A reservoir project to be built in Fannin County has received a significant financial boost from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).

The TWDB Thursday approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $677,120,000 from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program to the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) for the Lower Bois d’Arc Reservoir, which is designed to help provide water for portions of Hunt, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Kaufman, Rains, and Rockwall counties.

By using the SWIFT program, the district could save approximately $5 million over the life of the $44.65 million loan that they will close on this fall. Additional savings will occur when the district closes on the other portions of the loan.

The NTMWD applied for a water use permit to construct and maintain the reservoir on the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek, on the Red River Basin in Fannin County, for an interbasin transfer of water from the reservoir within its service area in the Red, Sabine, and Trinity River Basins, and within Fannin County in the Sulphur River Basin.

The NTMWD provides water to more than 1.6 million north Texas residents, including those served by the Caddo Basin and Cash Special Utility Districts in Hunt County. The district also supplies water to residents of Royse City, Farmersville, Josephine, Kaufman, Plano, Fate and Terrell among other locations. The district expects to serve 3.3 million people by 2060.

The assistance approved Thursday will allow the district to perform pre-construction work associated with Lower Bois d’Arc Reservoir and its associated water treatment plant. The assistance also includes the construction costs of the treatment plant.