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P.O. Box 4508 Board Members

Fort Worth, Texas 76164
800 E, Northside Drive Hal S. Sparks, Ill
Fort Worth, Texas 76102 Jack R. Stevens
Main: 817-335-2491 Marty V. Leonard
Tarrant Regional W6ter District Fax: 817-877-5137 Jim Lane
June 22, 2011
Mr. Moshe Alamaro
Harvard-MIT Division of Health
Science & Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Room E25-342
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
RE: Evaporation Suppression Pilot Project
Dear Mr. Alamaro:
It was a pleasure meeting with you and Gordon Baty on June 14, 2011. Your presentation
on evaporation suppression was extremely informative and interesting.
Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) is one of the largest raw water suppliers in Texas,
providing water to more than 1.8 million people in North Central Texas. TRWD serves
more than 30 wholesale customers including the cities of Fort Worth, Arlington,
Mansfield and the Trinity River Authority. Ultimately, these 30 wholesale customers
serve more than 70 cities with treated water. Our operations span an 11-county area
reaching from Jack County to Freestone County and include maintenance of four surface
water storage reservoirs and large diameter raw water transmission pipelines. The total
surface area of these reservoirs is 97,315 acres. Thus, the amount of water in storage lost
to evaporation is significant.
The Districts cost of raw water to wholesale customers is currently $251 per acre-foot.
Current supplies are projected to meet demands through the year 2030. A great deal of
expense is dedicated to water conservation and reuse. None the less, greater supplies
will be needed and these costly alternatives continue to be pursued. We project that our
raw water cost will exceed $360 per acre-foot within 10 years due to additional supply
and transmission needs.
It is our understanding that More Aqua, Inc. is interested in developing a pilot project to
further evaluate the monolayer concept on a 50-100 surface acre water storage reservoir
in Texas. TRWD owns a small reservoir utilized to regulate flooding on Marine Creek,
located in Fort Worth, Texas. Marine Creek Lake is adjacent to the Tarrant County College
Northwest Campus and has a surface area of approximately 210 acres.
Letter to Dr. Moshe Alamaro
June 22, 2011
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We understand that the evaporation suppression concept still requires testing. During
testing, TRWD may be of assistance to More Aqua, Inc. in refining its business plan to
further quantify the benefits and value of evaporation suppresion. The value of
evaporation suppression is complicated by the manner in which water rights are
quantified. Surface water diversions are regulated by the state in relation to water
availability during the drought of record. Evaporation suppression may increase surface
reservoir annual yield. However, in areas where vast volumes of raw water are
transported by pipeline over great distances, evaporation suppression would reduce
water loss in terminal storage reservoirs and reduce water transmission to replenish
terminal storage. The value would be in reduced or avoided energy costs. Energy costs
represent our second largest expense other than debt repayment. Cost avoidance may
be the best measure of value from evaporation suppression.
We welcome the opportunity to further discuss a monolayer evaporation suppression
pilot project.
Wayne P. Owen, Jr.
Planning Director