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Posted on: December 7, 2022

NTMWD Membership Petition Approved by City Council

Rowlett Water Tower with DART Train in the background

A petition to seek membership in the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) was formally approved by the Rowlett City Council at their meeting on December 6, 2022. A “customer” agency since 1965, Rowlett is one of 14 cities and 16 utility districts that are non-member water wholesalers of the NTMWD. Rowlett is the largest of these customer wholesalers, in terms of water usage, and would be the 8th largest water user among the member cities of the NTMWD.

Water is essential for the quality of life we enjoy in North Texas, is critical for businesses to operate, and is necessary for public health and safety. With a current population of nearly 70,000, and projected to reach 100,000 by 2035, Rowlett is a strong candidate for membership. Rowlett also has an excellent bond rating enabling a solid position to, like the other Member Cities, assume joint and several liability to ensure that debt service on District bonds is paid. Additionally, the NTMWD has been supplying Rowlett for decades, therefore granting Rowlett membership will not increase water demand for the District. As a Member City of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system and through a partnership with the City of Garland for wastewater treatment, Rowlett has also demonstrated its substantial commitment to regionalism.

 “A key goal for this Council, Rowlett has long desired to be a member of the NTMWD and now is the time.” said Mayor Blake Margolis. “As a member, Rowlett will have the opportunity to participate in the policies and practices that impact Rowlett residents and businesses.”

The petition for membership will now be forwarded to the NTMWD for approval. 

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