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  • Wichita Falls Adds Recycled Water to Drinking Water Supply - Texas Conservation Alliance
    Ridge Reservoir Protection of National Forest Lands Educational Outreach Free Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search Wichita Falls Adds Recycled Water to Drinking Water Supply January 2015 After months of careful testing Wichita Falls has opened the tap and added super cleaned wastewater to its drinking water supply Folks drinking the water say that it tastes and smells just the same That s because the water has been through seven different filtering and disinfection steps resulting in water that is cleaner than most city drinking water The much used phrases toilet to tap and potty water miss the fact that with water recycling water that goes down the drain in our homes and businesses is purified to higher than the required standard for drinking then blended back into a city s water supply In truth virtually all city water and much of our bottled water has been used before Indeed there is no new water the earth has been recycling our water for millennia The reverse osmosis used in water recycling is the same technique often used for bottled water It cleans water to a higher standard than the

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  • Water Can Be Reclaimed & Reused - Texas Conservation Alliance
    drain is captured and piped to a wastewater treatment plant There it is cleaned enough to be released into creeks and rivers Downstream cities impound some of it and use it for water supply With water recycling instead of sending the treated wastewater downstream it is reclaimed and re used locally The reclaimed water is subjected to advanced purification techniques that make it clean enough to be put back into our water supply A portion of Texas water supply is already recycled and there s potential to recycle a whole lot more There are two major ways that water is recycled One is by filtering it through specially created wetlands the other is using high tech membranes combined with other advanced processes in specialized facilities to purify the water East Fork Wetland is adjacent to John Bunker Sands Wetland Center south of Dallas With wetland filtration the wetland acts as a natural filter to remove waste products from the water A great example is the East Fork Wetland adjacent to the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center just south of Dallas managed by the North Texas Municipal Water District NTMWD There water is pumped from the Trinity River into a beautiful 2000 acre constructed wetland As the water flows through the wetland aquatic plants take about 70 of the ammonia phosphorous nitrogen and other waste products out of the water and use them as nutrients Bacteria and sunlight also contribute to the cleaning process After 7 to 10 days the water is pumped back into Lake Lavon increasing NTMWD s water supply and improving water quality and the aquatic habitat of the lake A side benefit to municipalities is that wetlands are great habitat for birds and wildlife and a beautiful area for public recreation community education and research Another advantage is that wetlands require less land than a reservoir The East Fork Wetland when fully operational will produce almost the same amount of water that Lake Lavon produces each year with less than one tenth the acreage The other major approach to recycling water begins with membrane filtration Membranes with microscopic pores a tiny fraction of a micron in size remove bacteria viruses and other harmful organisms After filtering the water is subjected to ultraviolet light and chemicals that are already used in water treatment These carefully monitored advanced purification processes result in water that is cleaner than most of what we drink today One membrane technology reverse osmosis R O which is sometimes used by bottled water companies results in water that is similar to distilled water Water from reverse osmosis is so pure that producers of bottled water who use R O often add salts back to the water to improve the flavor Crested Caracara Drought stressed cities in West Texas such as El Paso Big Spring Brownwood and Wichita Falls are using or planning purification plants of this type to stretch limited resources As the population grows in other areas advanced purification plants will become an ever

    Original URL path: https://www.tcatexas.org/?portfolio=water-reclaimed (2016-05-01)
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  • Big Thicket Archives - Texas Conservation Alliance
    Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Menu Menu HOME ABOUT TCA DONATE JOIN ISSUES OUTREACH Municpal Water Recycling Video Resources Toll Road Threatens Wetlands in Big Thicket NP The Proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir Protection of National Forest Lands Educational Outreach Free Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search Posts tagged with Big Thicket Toll Road Threatens Wetlands in BTNP

    Original URL path: http://www.tcatexas.org/tag/big-thicket/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Toll Road 105 Archives - Texas Conservation Alliance
    Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Menu Menu HOME ABOUT TCA DONATE JOIN ISSUES OUTREACH Municpal Water Recycling Video Resources Toll Road Threatens Wetlands in Big Thicket NP The Proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir Protection of National Forest Lands Educational Outreach Free Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search Posts tagged with Toll Road 105 Toll Road Threatens Wetlands in

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  • Newsletter: October 2015 - Texas Conservation Alliance
    your dedication to the wildlife fish and native ecosystems of Texas We look forward to working with you for years to come TCA s Janice Bezanson Receives 25th Anniversary Accolades Congratulations to TCA Executive Director Janice Bezanson Janice was honored at the Annual Meeting for her 25 years with TCA and for her decades of work on conservation issues TCA board member Richard Donovan described Janice s many successes praising her talent for building coalitions with a broad constituency and for keeping the people she recruits close to TCA Janice s leadership helped convince state federal and local leaders to protect more than 100 000 acres in parks refuges and other public lands She organized campaigns to stop several unnecessary reservoirs in Texas and her national work on forest issues has led to reforms in national forest management Her mentoring of other conservation groups has significantly widened Janice s influence Everyone enjoyed a 25th Anniversary cake and Chairman Mack Turner presented Janice with a special gift from TCA board members and friends to be used for a future trip Janice promises pictures Texas Conservation Alliance has been a catalyst for protecting rivers forests and other plant animal communities in Texas Bezanson told an enthusiastic audience but it is the people of Texas who have made those successes happen I m proud to be part of it Settlement of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Will Total More than 1 Billion for Texas The U S Department of Justice and the Gulf Coast states announced last week that a final settlement reached with BP for damages stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will total 20 8 billion the largest settlement with a single entity in American history and including the largest civic penalty ever stemming from environmental laws Of that Texas will receive more than 800 million Other Gulf Coast states which sustained more damage than Texas will receive larger amounts with the largest state total earmarked for Louisiana Added to earlier clean up and restoration costs BP s total outlay will top 50 billion Funds committed earlier to Texas have been used for restoration projects such as purchase for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department of the exceptional coastal ecosystem found in Powderhorn Ranch When these earlier commitments are added the total for Texas comes to more than 1 billion for environmental restoration and to settle economic claims caused by the 2010 oil spill Good News for Sage Grouse Greater Sage Grouse According to the American Bird Conservancy new management plans for 35 million acres of federal lands will help protect the endangered Greater Sage Grouse Some members of Congress had sought to halt grouse conservation by including an amendment or rider in the National Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented these crucially important plans from being implemented and would also have prevented Endangered Species Act protection for the next 10 years for the grouse Thanks to an overwhelming outpouring of citizen letters to Congress this amendment has been dropped from

    Original URL path: http://www.tcatexas.org/oct2015/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Abilene Archives - Texas Conservation Alliance
    DONATE JOIN ISSUES OUTREACH Municpal Water Recycling Video Resources Toll Road Threatens Wetlands in Big Thicket NP The Proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir Protection of National Forest Lands Educational Outreach Free Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search Posts tagged with Abilene LOWER COST OPTIONS FOR WATER SUPPLY AVAILABLE TO ABILENE By tcatexas on December 15 2015 1 0 Read more

    Original URL path: http://www.tcatexas.org/tag/abilene/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Cedar Ridge Reservoir Archives - Texas Conservation Alliance
    Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Menu Menu HOME ABOUT TCA DONATE JOIN ISSUES OUTREACH Municpal Water Recycling Video Resources Toll Road Threatens Wetlands in Big Thicket NP The Proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir Protection of National Forest Lands Educational Outreach Free Resources 2014 Photo Gallery Texas Forest Country 2016 Photo Gallery East Texas Images MEMBER ORGS CONTACT Search Posts tagged with Cedar Ridge Reservoir The Proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir is Waste of

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  • LOWER-COST OPTIONS FOR WATER SUPPLY AVAILABLE TO ABILENE - Texas Conservation Alliance
    homes and businesses today is already captured and sent to a wastewater treatment plant The water is treated and then released as effluent into streams that flow into the Clear Fork If the Cedar Ridge Reservoir dam is built this treated effluent would be caught and held in the reservoir However a more efficient and economical way to use Abilene s effluent is to give it additional filtration and pump it back into Lake Fort Phantom Hill Modern high tech filters can turn treated effluent into water clean enough to put back into a city s water supply lake For Abilene this would avoid the huge cost of building a new reservoir and more than 40 miles of pipelines A number of West Texas cities are choosing water recycling as the best option for future water supply continued Bezanson Wichita Falls and Big Spring are adding recycled water to their other water supplies El Paso has stored recycled water in its aquifers for decades Other cities are studying projects similar to the one Texas Conservation Alliance proposes for Abilene Texas Conservation Alliance a statewide organization with more than 30 years of experience in assessing water supply options commissioned an engineering study to look at yet another option that would also cost less than building Cedar Ridge Reservoir that of pumping water from the Clear Fork to the already existing Hubbard Creek Reservoir and storing it there The study found that Abilene could get the same water from the Clear Fork at a much lower cost than building a new reservoir 87 cents per 1000 gallons of water if stored in Hubbard Creek Reservoir compared to 3 31 per 1000 gallons from the proposed Cedar Ridge project As with water recycling pumping water to Hubbard Creek Reservoir could be implemented as

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