The Somervell County Water District’s Raw Water Supply System consists of the Wheeler Branch Dam and Reservoir, the Paluxy River Channel Dam, the Raw Water Pump Station and the Wheeler Branch Pipeline. Construction of the project was completed in 2007 for $17.2 million.
Up to 35.2 acre-feet of water will be impounded upstream of the proposed Paluxy River Channel Dam. The impounded water will be pumped (when permitted) by the Paluxy River Raw Water Pump Station at a rate of up to 50 cubic feet per second up to a maximum of 5,000 acre-feet per year to the Wheeler Branch Reservoir through the two mile long, 36-inch Wheeler Branch Pipeline. The Wheeler Branch Dam is permitted to impound up to 4,118 acre-feet of water, which may be used by the District for industrial, municipal and irrigation purposes.
In 2006, the Somervell County Water District built the Wheeler Brach Reservoir, an off channel reservoir supplied by the Paluxy River, to provide a surface water supply to the county and reduce dependence on groundwater. A new membrane water treatment plant, high service pump station and 20 miles of waterlines were constructed to distribute water to the City of Glen Rose and other customers. Freese and Nichols assisted the District in obtaining funding to design and construct these elements. The District ended up receiving grants that covered about one-third of the project cost. Low bid prices allowed the District to accelerate additional phases of the distribution system master plan.
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