Get to Know Your Water

Where Do We Get Our Water?

Richland-Chambers Reservoir, built 1982-1987.

Most of Trophy Club’s drinking water is purchased from the City of Fort Worth, who buys the raw water from Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), one of the largest raw water suppliers in Texas.  Learn more about TRWD and Fort Worth Water by checking out these resources.

A Look at the District Water System

Read “A Look at Our Water System” in the March 2016 newsletter for information about the District’s operations and distribution system.  More information about the Water System Study is available on the Capital Improvements page.

Each year the District sends its customers an Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report.  These reports are also available from our Forms, Documents and Policies page.  For more current test results, see our page on the TCEQ Drinking Water Watch website.

The total coliform and e. coli results are shown under “TCR Sample Results.”   Routine samples are those collected regularly to assess the adequacy of water treatment.  Special samples may be collected at times when a water line or well is not in use as a water source, like testing a water line after construction or repair, or when starting up a well.  In these cases the water is discharged outside of the distribution system until the test results are clear.  The results may or may not be shown on TCEQ’s website, but do not count toward compliance as the water is not part of the drinking water provided to our customers.

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If you have a question or concern about your water, please contact us or call the District office at (682) 831-4600, option 2.

Photo Galleries

TRWD

Kennedale Balancing Reservoir. Water can't be pumped directly to a treatment plant so it comes here first. A third pool will be built here.

District staff was able to fly along with a TRWD helicopter pilot on a routine patrol of a portion of their pipelines and facilities.  Visit the TRWD Photo Gallery to view some of the infrastructure involved in the water that comes out of our faucets.

Fort Worth Water Treatment Plant

Eagle Mountain Water Treatment Plant

Visit the Water Treatment Photo Gallery to view pictures of the water treatment process at Eagle Mountain Water Treatment Plant.  Tours of Fort Worth’s water and wastewater treatment facilities are free and open to the public. To request a tour please visit Fort Worth Water’s website.

How Does Fort Worth Make the Water Safe to Drink?

District staff recently visited Eagle Mountain Water Treatment Plant for a facility tour. While at the plant, Assistant Water Systems Superintendent Jerry McMillion showed us how they treat the raw water to make it safe for drinking. Eagle Mountain has two identical preliminary treatment sections and three phases of sedimentation basins, but the plant is scheduled for an expansion in 2020-21.

  1. Raw water is pumped from Eagle Mountain Lake to the treatment plant through 2 pipelines (one 54 inch and one 72 inch).
  2. The raw water passes through a traveling screen which removes large objects like fish and twigs.
  3. The water goes to the ozone contact basin for preliminary disinfection. The same properties that make ozone harmful in our atmosphere make it a powerful disinfectant for killing viruses and bacteria.
    At the ozone plant, oxygen goes in through an electrical field to shock the atoms, which produces the ozone gas. In the ozone chambers, diffusers add the ozone to the water and as it bubbles up through the basin it kills viruses and bacteria in the water.
    After the gas has done its job, the ozone destruct system uses heat and a catalyst chemical to turn it back into oxygen before it is released into the air.
  4. After the preliminary disinfection, the water goes to a rapid mix basin where coagulation chemicals and a cationic polymer are added. This causes small debris to clump and settle to the bottom of the basins.
  5. Water flows through the flocking basin where the largest clumps drop out.
  6. From there the water goes to a sedimentation basin. The clumps continue to drop to the bottom of the basin, where a rake collects them and pushes them to the sanitary sewer. The sludge is treated at the wastewater treatment plant.
  7. The water goes in the settled water channel and passes through the deep bed monomedia filters. The anthracite filters remove more bacteria and leftover sediment. By this point the water exceeds the TCEQ requirements for drinking water.
  8. The last treatment for the water is to add chlorine and ammonia for a final disinfection. Chlorine and ammonia mix to create “chloramines” which disinfect the water. Caustic is then added to raise the pH of the water so that it will provide a protective barrier on the inside of the pipes in the distribution system.  The normal treatment process and the chlorine lower the pH of the water enough that it could be corrosive to the piping.  When the water leaves the treatment plant, it must have a certain level of chloramines to keep it safe for drinking until it arrives at the end user.
  9. The treated water flows by gravity to the underground clear water storage tanks. Eagle Mountain has 9 million gallons of storage.
  10. From the storage tanks, 14 high capacity pumps move water into the distribution system.

 
 

2016 Archives

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Annual Drinking Water Week

This annual event sponsored by American Water Works Association (AWWA) and other organizations aims to raise awareness about drinking water – where it comes from, how you get it, and what you can do to help protect drinking water quality.

Learn more about our water system below or contact us with any questions or concerns.  The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, also know as the Consumer Confidence Report, will be mailed to customers in June.

FREE activity pages for kids:

Water Distribution Maze

Water Cycle Coloring Sheet