The city of Fort Worth approved the sale of wholesale water at the city council’s Tuesday night meeting, which is the next step to provide water to the cities of Willow Park and Hudson Oaks. 

WP and Hudson Oaks entered an interlocal agreement in November 2018, which was required for Fort Worth to take action. 

Two 16-inch pipelines will allow water to be dropped off at both cities providing a total of 6.7 million gallons per day. WP will receive 3.5 million gallons per day and Hudson Oaks will receive 3.2 million gallons per day. 

At a previous city council meeting, Hudson Oaks City Administrator Patrick Lawler said to get the full 3.2 mgd, Hudson Oaks will have to go into a second phase to construct a storage facility and a 12-inch tie-in to the line along Interstate 20 that will run under the highway. 

“This project will really support our build-out to right at about 5,800 in population. That 3.2 doesn’t take into account our well capacity. We have a well capacity at about 350,000 gallons per day, so there is a little bit of wiggle room for us,” Lawler said at the November meeting. “We’ve come a long way in 12 years and the city of Willow Park has come a long way and should be applauded for that.”

WP and Hudson Oaks are splitting the cost of the buy-in and construction, 52 percent to 48 percent, and will split the water supply the same way. 

The two cities are anticipating funding from the Texas Water Development Board to assist in the $13.4 million project, according to a release from the city of WP. The buy-in for WP will be $1.9 million and the buy-ion for Hudson Oaks will be $1.7 million.

“The spirit of cooperation between Hudson Oaks and Willow Park resulted in a cost savings for both communities,” WP City Manager Bryan Grimes said. “It also created a reduction of duplicate services.”

Grimes said he anticipated execution of the contract sometime in February — funding in April or May — with construction beginning soon after. 

“This will take care of our water needs for decades to come,” Grimes said. 

The city of WP is still working on its well water projects and is expected to be at 1.73 million gallons per day by the summer once they are completed. 

The design and construction of the water transmission system to allow for Fort Worth water is expected to be complete in 2021.

“The agreement with Fort Worth will secure the future water supply for a vital segment of East Parker County,” Lawler said. “And it has built a bridge of cooperation between Hudson Oaks and Willow Park as we face significant growth challenges in the near future.”

Hudson Oaks Mayor Marc Povero said he couldn’t be more pleased with the progress of the water agreement. 

“This agreement will ensure that our water needs will be met well into the future and allows us to continue with our aggressive pursuit of commercial development ensuring that Hudson Oaks remains a property tax free city,” Povero said. “We are a vibrant, growing municipality that provides an excellent quality of life and people want to move here. However, we have little room for more residential development. 

“This agreement will give our city council the option of bringing in high-end, multi-family, mix use developments to our business district allowing more people the opportunity to enjoy what our great city has to offer.”

Weatherford Democrat reporter Autumn Owens contributed to this report.

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