The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) service area is seeing unprecedented growth. To plan effectively and proactively meet future regional needs, NTMWD has begun preparations for a new regional water resource recovery facility to be located approximately 1.1 miles east and 0.17 miles south of the FM 2933 and County Road 336 intersection.
From 2016 to 2017, the NTMWD conducted a thorough evaluation to identify a suitable location for the proposed facility. As part of this process, several important factors were considered, including proximity to existing infrastructure, projected demands within the service area, physical geographic constraints, available land, existing and planned transportation corridors, capital and operations costs (such as the energy required for conveyance pumping) and regulatory requirements. Now that a site has been selected, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Permitting process will begin. To learn more about this process, visit the TCEQ website for municipal wastewater permitting.
As the process moves forward, NTMWD will continually communicate and coordinate with the neighboring cities of McKinney, Princeton and New Hope. We are committed to keeping these cities, and citizens informed through permitting, design and construction phases.
Our team is currently in the early stages of this project with design and permitting beginning this year, and construction following in 2020. In order to serve the growing population, the facility will need to be operational by 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Water Resource Recovery Facility?
Water Resource Recovery Facilities provide wastewater treatment prior to discharging into a body of water. These facilities are a critical element in maintaining the health of our watersheds. NTMWD is voluntarily implementing a watershed protection plan to further safeguard the Lavon Lake watershed with increasing urbanization in the area.
Why do we need the new Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility?
Currently 700,000+ people are served by two facilities and projected growth will exceed the existing facilities serving Collin County by 2023
How will the environment be protected and impacts mitigated?
Protecting water resources and preserving the natural environment is a high priority. Similar NTMWD facilities operate in this same manner and discharged water is typically of higher quality than naturally existing water in creeks and streams. As our team determined the location of the facility and its outfall location, a site was selected to minimize impacts on area streams and Lavon Lake. The facility will be designed to maintain the natural surroundings at the outfall location. As the project continues, NTMWD will:
- Comply with all local, state and federal environmental protection requirements from design through operations
- Engage with area communities throughout facility planning, construction and operation
- Treat recovered water resources to high quality in compliance with TCEQ requirements
- Will include advanced treatment and odor control technologies
How can I stay connected with the project?
NTMWD will inform and update the community during every step of this project, from permitting and design through operations. As we begin the permitting in summer 2018, the community will have opportunities to ask questions and learn more from our project team.
This includes directly affected or adjacent community members to ensure successful integration of the facility within the community. Our team will:
- Work with community members to plan for and reduce impacts due to construction
- Communicate regularly on planning, permitting, future construction and operations
- Host open houses and informational meetings throughout the project
- Provide updates on the NTMWD website and social media channels