With significant population growth expected to strain existing water resources, the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir (LBCR) project is critical to meet future needs.
Five major components:
- Reservoir dam and intake
- 36 miles of 90-inch to 96-inch diameter raw water pipeline
- Water treatment plant (initial capacity of 70 to 140 MGD – million gallons per day)
- Roadway improvements and bridge
- Mitigation area
Project is essential to:
- Better serve customers in Fannin County
- Meet the projected water deficit in our service area through 2040
- Use additional water supplies from Lake Texoma
- Provide recreational opportunities
- Support economic growth in the region
As the above chart indicates, if our service area experiences a multi-year drought that extends into 2020, it will be challenging to meet the region’s water needs without implementing emergency drought response measures. NTMWD is pursuing temporary measures to address potential dry-year supply shortfall until the project is online.
The reservoir will also benefit the Fannin County and the NTMWD service areas by providing stable water supplies that will enable communities to attract and support new businesses and jobs. Economic growth will accompany the development and construction of the reservoir with Fannin County projected to see a boost in taxable real estate values by an estimated $316 million. Additionally, recreational amenities provided by the reservoir could generate $166 million of annual economic activity per year in Fannin County through activities such as fishing and boating, as well as new industrial and commercial opportunities.*
*Based on 2015 updated independent analysis by T. Clower and B. Weinstein