Lake Palestine will connect to CCL and on to Metroplex
By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY –Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) program manager Kathy Berek was the guest speaker at the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon Nov. 19 at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.
Caddo is the only natural lake in Texas. All other lakes were built for water and flood control, she said.
Berek explained the regional partnership TRWD has with the city of Dallas Water Utilities is to build an integrated pipeline to connect Lake Palestine with Cedar Creek Lake and up to the Metroplex.
“By building the project together, there will be savings by having a larger pump system that will result in energy savings,” Berek explained.
“It makes sense to do this because we are so geographically close.”
The entire project will take more than 20 years and the plan is to be pumping water by 2020 from Cedar Creek Lake.
“We (TRWD) have the right to pump 156 million gallons per day but currently we only pump 127,” Berek said, but added that they need to pump 30 million more.
It will be between 2025 and 2030 before water is available from Lake Palestine.
The project includes six pump stations starting with Lake Palestine, Richland Chambers Reservoir, Cedar Creek Lake and three more toward the Metroplex.
The four primary wholesale customers of TRWD are the cities of Fort Worth, Arlington and Mansfield plus the Trinity River Authority. Their service area includes 70 cities in 11 counties. It is permitted 523 million gallons of water per day and has a projected need of 879 in 2060.
Dallas Water Utilities has both wholesale and retail rates with over 25 wholesale customer cities covering 699 square miles. It has a permitted 598 million gallons of water per day and projects a need of 887 in 2060.
The good news is that TRWD and Dallas Water Utilities participate in water conservation programs that have saved a total of 270 billion gallons of water over the past 10 years.
Gun Barrel City sponsored the November chamber luncheon and Economic Development Corporation (EDC) vice president Gary Damiano announced that the EDC was accepting applications for $50,000 minimum business loans.
“We (EDC) are participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise Matching Grant,” announced Damiano.
To qualify, the business must not be a major corporation, have sales under $1M per year, under 50 employees and have 61 percent American ownership.
Potential uses include acquiring land, development, construction, remodeling, technology, pollution control or loan start-ups, Damiano explained.
“The EDC will want to know your goals, working capital, abilities and potential from the business,” Damiano said.
“We expect every $10,000 of the loan to create one new job.”
Applicants must submit an application and a business plan plus pass a credit and background check. The application deadline is April 2014 and the loan rates are about two percent.
In other business, chamber members heard:
• ambassador president Becky Hepker named Floors 4U owner Abdul Abdin as November’s Business of the Month.
• contact the chamber to ring the Salvation Army bell at Walmart Dec. 7.