Reservoir INCREASED CAPACITY | RELIABLE STORAGE
ABOUT TURKEY PEAK
Currently, Palo Pinto County Municipal Water District No. 1 serves customers in Palo Pinto and Parker counties, including the City of Mineral Wells, the town of Graford, two special utility districts, five water supply corporations and the Brazos Electric Power Co-op.
TURKEY PEAK MAP
The Turkey Peak Reservoir will be located on Palo Pinto Creek immediately downstream from Lake Palo Pinto, approximately two miles northwest of the City of Santo, and upstream from the bridge over Palo Pinto Creek on FM 4.
Project Components (hover to see details)
Lake Palo Pinto
Proposed Turkey Peak Reservoir
Palo Pinto Creek
N. Lakeview Drive
FM 4 / Ward Mountain Road
The estimated cost of the project is $95 million.* To date, Palo Pinto County Municipal Water District No. 1 has secured $17.1 million in funding from the State Water Implementation Fund (SWIFT). An additional $8 million has been secured from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), the Economically Disadvantaged Assistance Program (EDAP) and the Water Infrastructure Financial Program (WIF). The remaining project costs are to be funded by TWDB SWIFT loan. The District has permits to build and is working to complete final design and acquire the necessary property rights.
* Based on January 2015 cost estimate for TWDB SWIFT application
Estimated project cost ($74M construction cost)
Construction is planned to begin
Lake Palo Pinto dam was initially constructed with a conservation pool level of 863 ft above mean sea level. The level was raised a few years later to 867 ft.
During the early 1980s and after multiple recurrences of low lake levels, a volumetric survey of the lake was performed and determined the reservoir’s conservation capacity to be 27,650 ac-ft, or about 16,450 ac-ft less than the authorized capacity of 44,100 ac-ft.
Increasing demands and drought led the District to evaluate various options to supplement the Lake Palo Pinto water supply.
2009 - 2018
The District submits required permit applications to state and federal agencies. Permits were granted in 2015 and 2018.
2012 - 2015
New drought highlights the critical need for additional water supplies.
Begin construction of the Turkey Peak Reservoir.
WHY TURKEY PEAK
Reliable Water Supply
Turkey Peak provides more reliable water supply to meet future needs.
Other sites assessed could not provide the same amount of supply at a comparable cost.
Capacity of Site
The Turkey Peak reservoir will utilize a smaller surface area with more depth to maximize water storage.
The location of the new Turkey Peak Reservoir is least invasive to streams and natural habitats.
Upon project completion, the combined lake and reservoir capacity will be about 50,000 acre-feet, or 15.9 billion gallons. This will increase storage by 83 percent and increase reliable supplies by 6,000 acre-feet per year, allowing the District to meet future demands.