Weatherford Democrat

March 18, 2013

Fort Worth water on tap


Weatherford Democrat

— By Judy Sheridan

The City of Aledo connected to Fort Worth surface water March 11, an event Mayor Kit Marshall described as both key to the city’s future and the happy result of difficult decisions made in the past. “As we turn the valve to let that first drop of Fort Worth water into our water system, we are turning a historic page in Aledo that allows us to meet the current needs of our growing city and allows for future growth built on a solid infrastructure foundation,” she said.

“I’m proud of our council for making the hard decision [to contract with Fort Worth for surface water] in September of 2006. You can discuss and evaluate ad nauseum, while the need only gets bigger and your data doesn’t change.”

Marshall also credited city staff for their efforts through the years in bringing the project to fruition.

She pointed out that the low-interest loans from the Texas Water Development Board have lessened the impact of $7.8 million in improvements — including an elevated water storage tank, a major water line from Fort Worth’s water tank and a pump/meter station — on residents.

Construction on the Fort Worth water project began in 2011. The initial goal was to have surface water available in October of 2012.

As the Fort Worth water comes online, it will be supplemented by city wells in an 80 percent surface water to 20 percent well water ratio.

The city would like all its water customers to be aware of the following as the change takes place:

• Fort Worth’s surface water meets all federal and state drinking water requirements.

• Fort Worth uses only surface water from six lakes – Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain, Lake Worth, Cedar Creek, Richland Chambers and Benbrook.

• To provide disinfection all the way to the customer’s tap, Fort Worth uses monochloramines, a combination of chlorine and ammonia.  Residents with a fish tank need to be sure to treat the tap water with a product that removes chlorine and ammonia before adding water to the tank.

• Fort Worth surface water may have its own distinct taste. Some customers are more sensitive to subtle taste changes and may notice the difference more than others.

• In 2007, Fort Worth’s water was recognized as the “Best Drinking Water in Texas” by the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association.

• Fort Worth operates a blended system, meaning it has the ability to move water from any treatment plant to any part of the city, but the water Aledo is receiving is primarily from the Westside Water Treatment Plant. This plant is the first and only Fort Worth water treatment plant to use state-of-the-art membrane technology for filtration. It began operating in April 2012.

• Annual water quality reports for the City of Aledo and the City of Fort Worth are available online at www.aledo-texas.com and www.fortworthtexas.gov/water.

For questions, contact Aledo City Hall at 817-441-7016.