Arlington conservation water rates ave 9% bill increase – Chesapeake wants ROW piping

UPDATE -Right Of Way piping was granted to Chesapeake.

An Executive Item on a Chesapeake request for Arlington’s City Council is described by Roger Venables, city real estate dept, “The purpose of the temporary water line(s) is to allow operators under specific conditions and under individual permit to transport fresh water only to padsites that do not have fresh water ponds or other available water sources, i.e. reclaimed water.  Operators are charged a special construction meter rate.” 

If you are curious as to what they look like, Chesapeake uses these in the Eagleford Shale that they refer to as “lay-flat water hose”.

So glad this request is NOT for produced water going OUT. Infrared imagery shows gas well waste water to be flammable & toxic requiring special disposal or treatment. I have issues with how Ft Worth allegedly pipes in produced water from about 30 padsites in unregulated piping to be evaporated by Evras units that use the heat from the Arc Park Compressor Station…sadly I was once told by the inventor of these evaporator units that THEY DO NOT USE SCRUBBERS because in Texas “it is not mandated like in California”.

Also up for Public Comment/vote (pg 459) is to increase our Water and Wastewater Rates by amending our ordinance which amounts to about $66 per year (or almost 9% increase) for the average household using about 10,000 gallons a month…..

The proposed FY 2014 Arlington Water Utilities department revenue budget is $122,827,986, which is a 4.50% increase over the FY 2013 budget. The FY 2014 expenditure budget includes increases of $2,843,314 for wastewater treatment and $1,544,961 for raw water purchases.

City Council Meeting Date: 09-17-13


Usage (1,000) gallons

FY 2014 Rate…


Conservation Rates Residential Block Structure

              2014  compare to 2009

0-2       $1.60                      $1.36

3-10     $2.28                      $1.93

11-15   $3.36                      $2.91

16-29   $3.88                    $3.35

>30     $4.64                     $4.00


Conservation Rates Commercial Block Structure

           2014                     2009

0-15    $2.23                    $1.93

>16     $2.57                    $2.08


Conservation Rates Irrigation Block Structure

              2014                   2009

0-29   $3.88                   $3.35 

>30    $4.64                   $4.00


Conservation Rates Construction Water Block Structure (includes drillers)

            2014                    2009

0-99   $5.52                  $4.50

≥100 $6.96                  $4.50


Conservation Rates Reclaimed Water Structure

                      2014           2009

All usage  $2.50             n/a


Of course the drillers are to benefit from using the most inexpensive water which is reclaimed water for the fracking phase. We even have something in our ordinance that mandates the use of reclaimed water if they have access to the connection so many feet from their padsite. One thing they MUST do though is use fresh water during the drilling phase when they break through the water table.  212 Resources, a Utah based water recycling company, said “There is a fresh water zone of drilling usually to about 4,000 ft where the driller must use fresh water to drill through the aquifer so it is not contaminated.” Reclaimed water should only be used for fracking and should NOT be used during drilling.

After the vote, Chesapeake can further cut costs by using reclaimed water via right-of-way” pipeline….they need the money ya know…they been cutting corners on all the royalty checks and “you know” other “safty related things” like not investing in pressurized, ventless, URBAN flowback tanks.


About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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