New manmade lake to bring clean, quality water to Rockwall county

Last spring, the North Texas Municipal Water District broke ground on the first major manmade lake Texas has seen in nearly three decades – Bois d’Arc Lake. Recently, the Rockwall County Commissioners Court welcomed an update from NTMWD on the project.

Bois d’Arc Lake will encompass 16,641 acres in Fannin County to the northeast of the city of Bonham, providing clean water to all of NTMWD’s member cities, including Rockwall and Royse City. NTMWD Executive Director Tom Kula said due to the amount of annual rainfall in the area, the new reservoir will yield on average about the same amount of water that Dallas currently gets out of Lake Ray Hubbard. Substantial completion of the dam for the lake to hold water is expected in the fall of 2020, with delivery of clean water to the NTMWD service area by the spring of 2022.

Funding for the $1.6 billion project has come entirely from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT).

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