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Fort worth's new pipeline will help conserve drinking waterFort worth's new pipeline will help conserve drinking water

When Fort Worth completes an 11.5-mile reclaimed-water pipeline this summer, it will allow Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Arlington and Euless to shift some of their usage away from potable water.

The reclaimed water can be used on ballfields and golf courses and even in the airport's cooling towers.

It was a distinctive enough approach that the Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $16.3 million interest-free loan to help build the project.

Funded with federal stimulus money, the pipeline is "a creative solution to increased demands on regional wastewater treatment plants," J. Kevin Ward, executive administrator of the Texas Water Development Board, said in the state agency's annual report.

"We expect to have the pipeline completed hopefully in May so the system can become operational no later than early June," said Mary Gugliuzza, a spokeswoman for the Fort Worth Water Department.

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