Drinking water in University Park is provided by the Dallas County/Park Cities Municipal Utility District (MUD). The MUD is a special purpose local government governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors. The MUD operates a treatment plant at 1811 Regal Row, Dallas TX 75235, that provides all treated water for University Park and Highland Park.
University Park's water originates in Lake Grapevine, where raw water is released and travels to the MUD's Regal Row plant. The water then goes through a series of carefully controlled steps, including:
- Screening: The raw water passes through a mesh screen that removes large solids.
- Flocculation: Chemicals, including lime, carbon, and ferric sulfate, are added to the water. The chemicals soften the water, reduce taste and odor, and promote coagulation of molecules into large particles. The water is pumped into a flocculator, a large concrete basin with mechanical paddles that agitate the water.
- Clarifying: Next the water passes to a two million gallon clarifier tank, which acts as a settling basin. Heavier particles of material settle to the bottom, and the remaining water flows on to the final treatment stage.
- Filtration: The water passes through eight filter units containing anthracite coal, sand, and four sizes of rock. Chlorine and ammonia are added for final disinfection. The finished water is stored on site in a ten million gallon underground storage tank. When needed, the water is pumped out of the plant to the University Park pumping station in Germany Park. From there, the water enters UP's distribution system, which carries the water to each home or business.
Federal law requires that public providers of drinking water issue an annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). The CCR contains information about water quality and test results for contaminants or other constituents.
2016 Water Quality Report
For more information about water treatment, contact the MUD.
Dallas County/Park Cities
Municipal Utility District
1811 Regal Row
Dallas, TX 75235