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Clyde Water Project

Clyde Water Project:
Path to Water Independence

Published in the Clyde Journal
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

 

Clyde City Administrator Keith Selman provided this project update on the City of Clyde’s purchase of Lake Fort Phantom Hill water rights:

 

Below is an abbreviated listing of activities associated with the purchase of the 2,400 acre feet of water from Lake Fort Phantom Hill and the piping of the raw water to Clyde’s water treatment plant.

 

Earnest Money Contract: The City of Clyde entered into an earnest money contract with Eagle Construction in March of 2012 for the purchase of Certificate of Adjudication Number 12-4151 which allows for the impoundment of 6,500 acre feet of water and 2,400 acre feet of diversion from Lake Fort Phantom Hill.

 

Application Submittal: Application for the conveyance was formally submitted to TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) in September of 2012.

 

Water Purchase: TCEQ approved the conveyance in November of 2013 and the water was purchased in December of 2013; approximately 15 months after application submittal and 19 months from the present day.

 

Water Pipeline: Pipeline efforts did not begin until water rights were secured.

 

Pipeline Alignment Identified: Several viable alignments were considered. The three primary alignments were 1) cross country, 2) using establish roadway systems, and 3) an alignment to Elmdale and relocation the water treatment facility to that location. Costs associated with these were determined and Clyde City Council selected a cross country route to be the most cost effective and feasible. The pipeline will be approximately 21 miles from Fort Phantom Hill to Clyde and traverses three counties: Jones, Shackleford, and Callahan. (Task Completed)

 

Property Owners Identified: This required research in three county courthouses. Properties had to be identified, property owners had to be identified, and contact information had to be obtained. Approximately 20 property owners were identified. (Task completed)

 

Permission to access the property for survey purposes: Notices were sent to each of the twenty property overs requesting permission to enter the property for purposes of surveying the alignment. (Task completed)

 

Survey of the Property: The 21 mile, cross country alignment survey is still in process. First, the corners of each property must be surveyed followed by a survey of the alignment with calculation of the amount of acreage required for the easement. (Task in Process)

 

Easement Offer: Once actual acreage for the pipeline easement was determined for each property, an offer was made to the owners for the construction and maintenance of the raw water line from Lake Fort Phantom Hill to Clyde’s water treatment plant. The city has offered to purchase the easement. (Task in Process)

 

Easement Acquisition: We have acquired three easements thus far. (Task in Process)

 

Pipeline Design: Jacob and Martin Engineering have been the preliminary design of the pipeline. Final design will not be completed until all easements are secured. (Task in Process)

 

Seek Funding Mechanism: The city is looking at three options for funding: a) Water Development Board, b) U.S. Department of Agriculture, c) The Bond Market. (Task in Process)

 

Bid Requests: Once funding is secured and plans are finalized, the City will solicit bids for construction. (Task in Process)

 

Pipeline Construction: Pipeline construction will include the platting of the property and acquiring building permits from the City of Abilene at take point for the pump station. (The platting process has been initiated.)

Alerts and Notices

Water Pipeline Update

Environmental Assessment and Archeological Study approved with a Finding of No Significant Impact. Targeting funding approval by December 31, 2016.

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