Water agreement approved by Fort Worth

Water agreement approved by Fort Worth

The Fort Worth City Council approved the sale of wholesale water to the cities of Willow Park and Hudson Oaks at their Jan. 29 meeting, paving the way for both cities to receive surface water.

Willow Park and Hudson Oaks are splitting the cost of the buy-in and construction 52 percent to 48 percent, respectively, and will split the water supply the same way.

The two cities are anticipating funding from the Texas Water Development Board to assist in the $13.4 million-dollar project. The buy-in for Willow Park will be $1.9 million, and Hudson Oaks’ buy-in cost is $1.7 million. Fort Worth will supply Willow Park with 3.5 million gallons per day and Hudson Oaks with 3.2 million gallons per day.

“The spirit of cooperation between Hudson Oaks and Willow Park resulted in a cost savings for both communities,” said Willow Park City Administrator Bryan Grimes. “It also created a reduction of duplicate services.”

Grimes said he anticipated execution of the contract sometime in February, funding in April or May, and construction to begin soon after.

“This will take care of our water needs for decades to come,” he said.

The design and construction of the water transmission system is expected to be completed in 2021.

“The agreement with Fort Worth will secure the future water supply for a vital segment of East Parker County," said Hudson Oaks City Administrator Patrick Lawler. "And it has built a bridge of cooperation between Hudson Oaks and Willow Park as we face significant growth challenges in the near future."

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