NORTHEAST TEXAS MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT


. The District was created in 1953 as a political subdivision. We operate in 5 counties. Initially, property taxes were a big source of funding for the District. Property taxes were levied until 1978. We are now self-supported by revenue from water sales. The Board of Directors has 7 members appointed by the City Councils of each of the member cities. The District has 15 employees and annual operating budget of approximately 2.5 million dollars.

Our district produces more than a billion gallons of treated water a year and we are developing a third water treatment plant. In the last four years, the number of customers and the amount of water treated have more than doubled. The treatment cost is increasing due, at least in part, to new regulations. The effect of these new regulations is not fully known and it is hoped that future regional planning can identify and address these concerns.

More than 400 rural systems engaged in planning for the first time. The plan approved in 2000 is already more implemented than any other previous plan affecting our area. One of the main reasons that this plan is more implemented is that local stockholders can usually identify the most viable strategies to meet their needs. This bottom to top planning is working and should be continued. Local planners should lead the way to the best solutions for their water needs. Our District is committed to supporting regional planning in the future because we have seen the value of this kind of planning.

MISSION STATEMENT

A REGIONAL PROVIDER OF WATER TO CITIES, COMMUNITIES, AND INDUSTRIES

A DEFENDER OF WATER QUALITY IN THE CYPRESS CREEK BASIN

A SUPPORTER OF REGIONAL PLANNING INITIATIVES


STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT

o Clean Rivers Stakeholders working to assure water quality in the basin
o Stakeholders developing third regional water treatment plant
o Stakeholders guiding regional planning

OUTREACH THROUGH CONSERVATION PROGRAM

o Coloring Contest for First Grade

o Poster Contest for Fourth Grade

o Essay Contest for Eighth Grade


REGIONAL WATER TREATMENT

In the last four years the number of customers and the amount of water treated has more than doubled
NETMWD produces more than a billion gallons per year from two water treatment plants and is currently developing a third plant


REGIONAL WATER PLANNING

o Within our region, more than 400 small systems engaged in long-range planning for the first time
o The Approved Regional Plan is already more implemented than any other previous water plan
o Bottom-to-Top planning is really working
o NETMWD contributed resources for this valuable planning and intends on continuing to support this planning effort

CORRELATION OF POPULATION GROWTH TO RESERVOIR DEVELOPMENT

o The 19 Northeast Texas Counties grew by an overall rate of more than 66% over the last 40 years
o Rains County tripled in population in last 40 years
o Smith County, Wood County, and Van Zandt County more than doubled in last 40 years
o Delta County and Red River County are the only counties in Northeast Texas that had lower populations in 2000 than in 1960
o Red River County is the only county in Northeast Texas that does not have a large surface water impoundment within the county
o Delta County now has Lake Chapman and has experienced a positive growth rate of more than 9% since its completion

NORTHEAST TEXAS MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT

The district is charged with the orderly development and conservation of the water resources in the Cypress Basin
It is fully self-supporting and no state funds are allocated for its basic operations
The district has and always will have a long-standing commitment to our customer cities and the inhabitants of the Cypress Basin


CLEAN RIVERS PROGRAM

WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE TCEQ CLEAN RIVERS DIVISION FOR ALL RIVER BASINS AND FOR MAJOR TEXAS BAYS AND ESTUARIES NETMWD BECAME THE CLEAN RIVERS PARTNER FOR THE CYPRESS BASIN IN APRIL OF 1998.