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North Texas Municipal Lake Makes Mark on History
Over three hundred people gathered for a beautiful and historic day to celebrate the groundbreaking of North Texas’ first major reservoir in nearly 30 years. The official start of construction marks an important milestone to ensure vital water supplies for our rapidly growing region. NTMWD and our 13 Member Cities have been working together over a decade to plan and permit the 16,641-acre lake to be located northeast of Bonham and northwest of Honey Grove in Fannin County.

“It’s taken a tremendous team effort with support from so many over the years,” said Tom Kula, NTMWD Executive Director. “The District truly appreciates the support of all who have been involved in making this long-awaited project a reality.”

Major construction activities get underway this summer and it's expected to take three summers to complete construction of the dam. Depending on rainfall, it should take nearly two years to fill the lake to an operational level. NTMWD expects to begin delivering water from the lake in 2022.

To date, the Texas Water Development Board has approved $1.2 billion in low interest financing for the projects through the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program which is anticipated to save NTMWD and its cities over $200 million in financing costs.

Plano Water Ambassadors Tour
The City of Plano’s water ambassador citizens group toured our Wylie Water Treatment facilities and Rowlett Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in May. The group was given presentations on how the facilities operate and key water conservation tips as well as ways residents can help defend our drains from damage.

Our next opportunity for city officials and staff to tour the Wylie Water Treatment facilities is on Friday, June 22 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Protect Our Lakes. Remember - Clean. Drain. Dry.
The first week of June celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week. If you head out to any of our area lakes, make sure to #CleanDrainDry your boat to stop the invasive spread of zebra mussels. Texas Parks and Wildlife has a short video to show you how easy it can be to help protect our lakes. Plus, it's the law. #StopInvasives
Winter Basin Maintenance Done
Crews have completed winter basin maintenance at the Wylie Water Treatment Plants. During the last six months, a total of 20 sedimentation basins were cleaned, inspected, and received necessary repairs. Once the lake water is pumped into the plant, it is rapidly mixed with ferric sulfate before it flows into sedimentation basins where the sediment and the majority of solid particles are removed by coagulation and flocculation. As the suspended solids settle to the bottom, the clarified water flows along the top of the basin and over weirs to the next step in the treatment process. See the full journey of water in the video linked below.
Green Ways to Celebrate Moms All Year Long & See Otis at a Ballgame
Did you miss our Mother’s Day segment on WFAA? Well, you don’t have to wait until next year to celebrate the women who helped shape our lives! Check out this recap of the show with some green ideas to get Mom something out of the “norm” all year-round.

Otis the Otter has been participating at the Frisco Rough Riders ballgames. In addition to throwing out the first pitch, Otis shows visitors important tips about water conservation and takes selfies with the kiddos! He'll be at the game Sunday, June 3 at 7:05 p.m. at the Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Even though Water4Otter school presentations wrap up Friday, June 1, the team is already booking events over the summer and the upcoming school year. Visit Water4Otter.org to find all the details.
LOOKING AHEAD:
New WaterIQ Campaign Launching
This Summer
“Love Lavon Lake” is the new Water IQ summer awareness and conservation campaign for NTMWD. Love Lavon Lake is based on research showing the more people know where their drinking water comes from, the more likely they are to use it wisely and efficiently. Lavon Lake is the primary water source for the NTMWD region, and also great for summertime recreation like swimming, fishing, and boating. Love Lavon Lake draws the connection between enjoying the lake over the hot summer months and appreciating it as a water source we can't do without.
July is Smart Irrigation Month
We want to help you be a Smart Leader ! Remember to look for tips to help make your irrigation system more efficient which can save water and dollars on your monthly bill.
[CHECK OUT THESE CONSERVATION TIPS]
What's Happening Around NTMWD?
There are many exciting events happening within the District and our cities. Check out what’s coming up and how you and your residents can get involved:

Jun 9: Mesquite Summer Sizzle (Mesquite)
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