City Settled on Sewage Plant Location

New plant to open in 2025

By Chris Van Horne
|  Monday, Jul 18, 2011  |  Updated 5:13 PM CDT
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The water department of Fort Worth has chosen a 100 acre site in far west Fort Worth to house its new sewage treatment plant.

Chris Van Horne, NBCDFW.com

The water department of Fort Worth has chosen a 100 acre site in far west Fort Worth to house its new sewage treatment plant.

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The City of Fort Worth will open its new sewage facility near Mary's Creek in Far West Fort Worth near the county line, just north of Interstate-30 at Chapin Road.

And while no one may be enthusiastic about a sewage treatment plant moving into the neighborhood, it has to go somewhere and this particular location works for many reasons.

"There was less opposition to 'Site 10' then there was to the other sites we were considering," said Mary Gugliuzza of Fort Worth's Water Department.

The water department formed a community advisory committee to help pick the site, which is about two miles west of a relatively new subdivision.

Many residents said they were unaware of the chosen site and sewage plant. One woman said she was satisfied with the city's assurances to control odor and limit lighting, among others, but was concerned about additional traffic on Old Weatherford Road. However, not everyone is satisfied.

"I think it's sad that they choose a lively, upcoming area with young people," said resident Ed Simpson.

The city council can approve the site during its meeting on July 27. The facility won't be needed though until 2025, when the city's growth will require a second treatment facilities. Right now the only sewage treatment plant is the Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility on the city's east side. A second plant on the west side of town, where growth is occurring will be extremely beneficial according to the water department.

"There are limitations to one facility," said Gugliuzza. "There are limits on how much we can discharge at the one facility. We have size limits as to how big we can get at that facility. Another problem we have is we have to get from east to west."

The reason the city needs to purchase the land for the facility now is the same reason why it has to be built in the first place -- growth.

"Those large tracts are going rather rapidly as development progresses," said Gugliuzza.

And Gugliuzza says the water department has to think a decade down the line with its projects so the city isn't caught ill-prepared.

The water department will hold an open house about the site at Western Hills Baptist Church on Chapin Road, Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information on the location click here.

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