The $832,000,000.00 Dallas Water Hose
Just like in 2008 when the city council voted to approve gas drilling in Dallas without input, the Dallas media and the rest of us missed this city council approval on November 10th. The City of Dallas along with Fort Worth have been ‘scrambling’ of late to find us water. So, they agreed to a partnership to bring water from Lake Palestine to Joe Pool Lake, then to Bachman Water Treatment Plant and also Benbrook Lake in Fort Worth.
Not that they had to ask for our input, but we find it very interesting that this MAJOR item of note was not mentioned in the Dallas media. It was mentioned in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and the India Times. For us, what is so curious are a couple of things:
A. We don’t get our drinking water from Joe Pool Lake, but Midlothian,Texas does.
B. There is a TON of natural gas drilling going on the Grand Prairie side of Joe Pool’s banks.
C. Where is all of that fracking water coming from that they need? Surely, not the lake!
D. The City of Dallas wants to move Joe Pool water eventually to Bachman Water Treatment.
If you look at the map, according to the map legend, Dallas has a hand on the faucet. When the water gets to the Richland Water Reservoir, Dallas and Fort Worth share the water until it hits Joe Pool Lake. From Joe Pool Lake to Benbrook, it’s all for Fort Worth.
We reprinted the news story from the Star Telegram below that was picked up from The Associated Press. So, that tells us that everyone in media land had access to the story, but somehow it missed our eyes at the time. If the goal is for all of us to eventually drink the water from Joe Pool, will the treatment plant be able to clean the water if it gets contaminated from drilling? See how this is all connected? To those of you who say, ‘we don’t get our water from wells, it’s all surface water’. ‘how would that get contaminated?’
Interested now? Any more questions?
The Associated Press
FORT WORTH, Texas — Construction could begin by 2013 on a $1.6 billion pipeline to move water from East Texas to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The Tarrant Regional Water District on Tuesday approved a financing agreement with the city of Dallas.
The agreement allows design and construction to proceed on the 149-mile pipeline, stretching from Lake Palestine to Benbrook Lake, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The board also approved paying $16.3 million to five contractors for engineering work on nearly 95 miles of the pipeline.
The Dallas City Council approved the deal last week.
Wayne Owen, the water district’s planning director, said the work serves as a blueprint for cooperation on future projects, such as bringing water from Oklahoma, northeast or the Louisiana border.
“This is by far the most expensive project we’ve pursued,” said Owen. “There are no cheap options left. That is why it begs for cooperation among large regional water providers. There was a lot riding on this financing agreement.”
When completed, the pipeline will allow the water district to pump an additional 197 million gallons a day from the Richland-Chambers and Cedar Creek reservoirs, near Corsicana, to Benbrook Lake. Dallas gains the ability to pump up to 150 million gallons per day from Lake Palestine to Joe Pool Lake.
Water from the pipeline, to be built by the district, could be available by 2018. The water district is expected to pay about $980 million, with Dallas paying the rest.