McKinney clears pathway for 2 water pipeline projects

A new water pipeline will bring water from the new Bois D'Arc Lake in Fannin County to the McKinney pump station. (Courtesy North Texas Municipal Water District)
A new water pipeline will bring water from the new Bois D'Arc Lake in Fannin County to the McKinney pump station. (Courtesy North Texas Municipal Water District)

A new water pipeline will bring water from the new Bois D'Arc Lake in Fannin County to the McKinney pump station. (Courtesy North Texas Municipal Water District)

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This map shows the route across McKinney the new water pipeline would take. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
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This map shows the route for the new wastewater pipeline for the southern portion of McKinney. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
Two new water pipelines from the North Texas Municipal Water District will help meet McKinney’s growing water needs, officials said.

At its April 19 meeting, McKinney City Council gave the OK for the water district to use the city’s land to construct a pipe to carry water to the city as well as constructing a new wastewater pipeline.

“North Texas [Municipal Water District] needs these lines to serve us, and we need them to serve our customers,” city staff said.

The water district’s new water pipeline will be 8 miles long, be 72 inches in diameter, and connect the new Bois D’Arc Lake and affiliated treatment plant to the water district’s system. The pipeline will help bring water to the cities of McKinney, Frisco, Prosper and Little Elm, said Mark Simon, assistant deputy of engineering for the NTMWD.

“It will carry enough water for approximately 225,000 residents,” he said.


Several corridors for the pipeline were found across the city from the water pump station at US 380 to the station at Redbud Boulevard. After evaluating the options, the route with the least impact and lowest project cost was chosen and presented to and approved by council. This route starts at the US 380 pump station and generally follows the future Stonebridge Road and Bloomdale Road. The pipeline would traverse about 11 acres in a mostly undeveloped area while providing an 80-foot buffer between neighborhoods and the future US 380 bypass, Simon said.

Since the city granted the district the use of the land, the city is required to get an appraisal of the property done, and NTMWD will compensate the city for the fair market value of any of the land it will need to use, city staff said.

The wastewater pipeline will use a different area of McKinney’s land. The wastewater pipeline is needed to serve the continued development around US 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, according to the water district’s presentation. The proposed alignment for the pipeline has the smallest footprint and the fewest side effects, the presentation stated.

Council approved for the water district to use the route that starts at Old Frisco Road and runs parallel to the east side of SH 5, parallel to the west side of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit right of way and the water district’s Wilson Creek Lift Station, according to the presentation. It would span 800 linear feet. The connection to the DART right of way is an advantage, and this route also avoids future SH 5 widening and eminent domain and avoids sensitive forested wetlands, the presentation stated.

Both pipeline projects were approved by the council unanimously.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.