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WYLIE (CBSDFW.COM) – The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) announced completion of several key projects necessary to continue providing reliable water and wastewater services to the growing region.

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The projects, which total nearly $140 million, are funded through bond sales that are repaid by member and customer cities through rates.

According to a news release, projects completed the past few months will provide greater access to a key NTMWD raw water supply, replace older water pipelines, improve the capacity and disinfection processes at water treatment facilities, and increase reliability at a regional wastewater plant.

“These critical projects help maintain, upgrade and expand our infrastructure to support reliable service for current residents and continued population growth in the north Texas region,” said Tom Kula, executive director of NTMWD. “We must take care of today’s needs while keeping an eye on the future.”

One of the projects was dredging near two water intake structures at Lavon Lake, a primary water source for NTMWD. The removal of naturally accumulated silt from the intake channels on the lake bottom will provide greater access to an additional 20 percent of stored water during low lake level conditions.

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Other recently completed projects include upgrades and technology improvements to water treatment facilities in Wylie, replacement water supply lines due to construction to widen Stacy Road in Allen, and electrical improvements at the NTMWD regional wastewater plant in Mesquite to increase reliability.

For the NTMWD regional water system alone, there are more than $192 million in current projects underway to address aging infrastructure, comply with increasing regulations and expand the capacity of existing systems.

Additionally, the NTMWD has a number of major water and wastewater projects planned for construction in 2016, including:

· The Trinity River Main Stem Pump Station to maximize indirect water reuse supplies;
· The proposed Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir in Fannin County;
· Expansions at Stewart Creek West and Wilson Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plants; and
· Improvements to the regional wastewater collection system.

“We’ve always focused on providing essential services at the lowest cost possible, however utilities nationwide are dealing with increasing challenges,” Kula added. “Investing in our infrastructure is critical to maintain reliable service, comply with regulations, and support our growing cities.”

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