In Wichita Falls, treated wastewater is turned into drinking water.
Euless isn’t going quite that far, but the city is providing lightly treated water for irrigating to apartment complexes and other properties in north Euless. Other cities in the region are also using reclaimed water to help with conservation during the drought.
The Arbors of Euless was the first complex to be connected to the pipeline being built by Euless, and work is underway to bring the used water to the Resort at Bear Creek.
“We were thrilled when the city came to us and asked if we were interested in participating,” said Mary Harrington, regional manager of the Arbors of Euless. “We readily accepted.”
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The Arbors is using the reclaimed water to irrigate the landscaping throughout the complex.
When asked how using the reclaimed water will help with conservation, Harrington said the city estimated that the Arbors will see a 20 percent savings on its water bill.
Using the reclaimed water will help the Arbors stick to its mission of practices that are good for the environment, she said.
“We like to brag about green initiatives. This fits right in to what we like to do,” she said.
She said watering restrictions don’t apply to using the reclaimed water. Most cities in Tarrant County are on schedules that allow twice-a-week watering.
City spokeswoman Betsy Deck said Euless is the first city in Northeast Tarrant County to use reclaimed water to irrigate some of its properties and also make it available to customers.
The city also uses reclaimed water to irrigate the 300-acre Texas Star Sports Complex, which includes the Texas Star Golf Course, Softball World and Parks at Texas Star.
“The goal of conservation is to reduce our potable water consumption,” Deck said. “We’ve reduced our potable consumption by 6 percent.”
The Villages at Bear Creek is using reclaimed water in fountains along medians, and a new development of single family homes and commercial businesses plans to use treated wastewater to irrigate the common areas, Deck said. The development, at Texas 183 and 360, is called The River Walk at Bear Creek.
Pipeline completed in 2011
The reclaimed wastewater, also used by the city of Arlington and Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, is transported along an 11.5-mile pipeline from Fort Worth’s Village Creek treatment plant.
The Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $16.3 million no-interest loan to help build the pipeline, which was completed in 2011. The pipeline being built by Euless connects to the line from Village Creek.
David Magana, a spokesman for DFW Airport, said the reclaimed water is used in cooling towers to air-condition the terminals during the day and for the airport’s irrigation systems.
In Arlington, parks and recreation director Gary Packan said reclaimed water is used at Ditto Golf Course and Dunlop Sports Center, which has a playground and playing fields.
Packan said Arlington has used reclaimed water for several years.
“Recycling the water is a good use for the community,” Packan said. “It’s allowed us to use more water when we need it to improve playing conditions at the golf course and athletic fields.”
‘Water is highly treated’
Mary Gugliuzza, a spokeswoman with the Fort Worth water department, said she hopes to eventually expand the use of reclaimed water to other cities and other parts of Fort Worth.
“But it takes building a pipeline and infrastructure, which is expensive,” she said.
There are also discussions about using reclaimed water at the Walsh Ranch development, west of Fort Worth, Gugliuzza said.
“The reclaimed water is highly treated, and we have very strict permits regarding the quality of water we use,” she said.