CRANDALL, Texas — The North Texas Municipal Water District is preparing to perform controlled burns of dead vegetation at the East Fork Water Reuse Project in Kaufman County, weather dependent, in between December 2018 and February 2019.

The East Fork Water Reuse Project, or wetlands, are generally located north and south of U.S. Highway 175 in an area generally bound by Farm-to-Market (FM) 1389, FM 3039, Lewis Street, and the East Fork of the Trinity River.

The burns are expected to be conducted over several days.

"The Wetland uses aquatic plants and sunlight to naturally filter water diverted from the East Fork of the Trinity River," according to the NTMWD. "The naturally filtered water is then pumped north to Lavon Lake and eventually treated for distribution to NTMWD water customers."

"As Wetland vegetation dies off, it creates a layer of thatch which accumulates over time," stated the NTMWD. "These controlled burns occur annually to remove accumulated thatch and help enhance the Wetland performance."

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