WATER SUPPLIES



Our water supplies come from a series of reservoirs managed by the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD). As one of the largest water suppliers in Texas, TRWD meets the daily needs of nearly two million residents across an 11-county service area.

The reservoirs we depend on are located in the Trinity River watershed. They include Lake Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain Lake on the West Fork of the Trinity River, and Cedar Creek and Richland-Chambers reservoirs located approximately 75 and 90 miles (respectively) southeast of Fort Worth. The two larger reservoirs in East Texas supply about 75 percent of the water we consume in Tarrant County.

The West Fork lakes are operated as a gravity fed system. Water released from Lake Bridgeport flows downstream into Eagle Mountain. Releases from Eagle Mountain flow into Lake Worth, which was built in 1914 to meet the water supply needs of Fort Worth residents. In contrast, massive pipelines and a number of pump stations are needed to bring water from the East Texas reservoirs into Tarrant County.

The water district also uses two smaller reservoirs for terminal storage. Using Lake Benbrook and Lake Arlington for terminal storage improves the efficiency of TRWD water management operations. They offer a place for the water district to store water in the winter, when pumping costs are lower, until it is needed in the summer. Storing water in these two reservoirs helps take the pressure off TRWD’s pipeline system during periods of peak demands.

 Reservoir

 Year
 impounded

 Location

 Surface
 area (acres)

 Conservation 
 storage (acre-feet)

 Lake Bridgeport

 1932

Jack and Wise counties

11,954

366,236

 Eagle Mountain 
 Lake

 1932

Tarrant County

9,104

182,725

 Cedar Creek
 Reservoir

 1965

Henderson and Kaufman counties

32,873

644,785

 Richland-Chambers
 Reservoir

 1987

Freestone and 
Navarro counties

43,384

1,112,763

 

Terminal Storage:

 Reservoir

 Year
 impounded

 Location

Surface area (acres)

 Conservation 
 storage (acre-feet)

 Lake Arlington

 1957

Tarrant County

2,275

45,710

 Lake Benbrook

 1952

Tarrant County

3,770

85,648

 

supply lake bridgeport
A scenic view of cliffs that line portions of Lake Bridgeport.  
supply eagle mountain
Located 10 minutes northwest of Fort Worth, Eagle Mountain Lake is a popular spot for a quick getaway.  
supply cedar creek
Cedar Creek Reservoir. Relaxation, recreation, or fishing. Take your pick.
supply richland-chambers
Richland-Chambers Reservoir is the third largest lake to lie totally within the state borders.