Billion dollar Fannin County reservoir construction begins
Construction for a $1.6 billion dollar reservoir project in Fannin County is underway.
Hundreds of people showed up for this groundbreaking ceremony of the North Texas Municipal Lake, a project that's been in the works for several years.
"You're sitting on the shores of the future lake," said the Executive Director of North Texas Municipal Water District, Tom Kula.
State, local and federal officials came out to celebrate the start of construction on the reservior, which includes a lake and water treatment plant.
"It's the biggest day in Fannin County in the last 80 - 100 years," said Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter. "It's a big day in Fannin County."
The more than 16-thousand acre lake will be north of Bonham and Honey Grove. The North Texas Municipal Water District said a 90 foot dam will create a lake that's able to hold 120 billion gallons of water, enough for one point seven million people in North Texas.
"Today we are taking part in something that's about the future," said U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions. "It's about the future of not only of people that live in Dallas County, Collin County, but it's also people who live in this beautiful county, Fannin County."
Representatives told us with the growing population in Texoma and north Dallas, the reservoir is much needed.
"You can't survive anymore without electricity and you can't survive anymore without water," Judge Carter said. "This lake will ensure that Fannin County has water for decades to come."
The reservoir will not only provide water to north Texas, the water district said recreational activities on the new lake will also provide millions in tourism revenue to Fannin County.
"You're looking at success today and I say God Bless Texas and thank you very much," said Congressman Sessions.
Officials expect to start providing water from the lake in about four years.