For more than 80 years, the Tarrant Regional Water District has provided quality water to its customers, implemented vital flood control measures and created recreational opportunities for Tarrant County residents and their communities.
Led by a publicly elected five-member board, the Water District owns and operates four major reservoirs in the area, including Lake Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain Lake, Cedar Creek and Richland-Chambers Reservoirs. It also has constructed more than 150 miles of water pipelines, 27 miles of floodway levees, more than 40 miles of Trinity River Trails and a 260-acre wetland water reuse project aimed at increasing future water supplies for the area.
TRWD is one of the largest raw water suppliers in the state of Texas, providing water to more than 1.6 million people in the North Central Texas area. Some of its wholesale customers include the cities of Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield and the Trinity River Authority. Operations span a 10-county area that reaches from Jack County to Freestone County, and includes maintaining dams at the Water District’s four reservoirs and the more than 150 miles of pipeline used for water transport.
Another of TRWD’s primary functions is to manage an extensive flood control system in Tarrant County. Featuring more than 27 miles of floodway levees designed by the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers, the system provides vital flood protection to area residents along the West and Clear Forks of the Trinity River. During a heavy rainfall event, a team of Water District engineers use a network of stream gauges to monitor and analyze river and stream flows. Their experience and expertise in such situations can help minimize the impact of heavy rainfall on the river and surrounding areas. They also work closely with other organizations, such as the National Weather Service, to gather data and provide information to the public during emergency situations.
Although water supply and flood control remain the Water District’s top priorities, lakes and floodway levees provide excellent recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to the area. The floodway’s Trinity River Trails stretch more than 40 miles through Tarrant County and offer users a safe and scenic venue to enjoy activities such as walking, running, cycling and horseback riding.
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