North Texas Water Solution
October 15, 2015
By Justin Reeves, P.E.
Since 2000, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex has experienced rapid population growth thanks to its booming economy. In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of the Metroplex was nearly 7 million, making it the largest metropolitan area in the southern United States. By 2060, this population is expected to exceed 13 million.
Amid concerns regarding future water needs arising from this growth, the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) and the City of Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) partnered to develop the Integrated Pipeline (IPL), a massive raw water infrastructure connecting a network of reservoirs from East to North Central Texas. The program, which will cost more than $2 billion, consists of 150 miles of pipeline with a series of pump stations and balancing reservoirs from Lake Palestine to Lake Benbrook, with connections to Cedar Creek and Richland- Chambers Reservoirs. Once complete, the project will integrate the TRWD’s existing transmission system to the Dallas system to provide up to an additional 350 million gallons per day of raw water capacity to North Central Texas.