Trinity River Authority: A Case Study

1742 WordsJan 31, 20187 Pages
The need for water in all of society is of the upmost importance in order for humankind to survive. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) states that the Earth’s surface is made up of about 70% water and only 3.5% of the water is fresh water suitable to consume (Perlman, 2013). In order to have the resource of water that society needs, companies such as the Trinity River Authority (TRA) are formed in different communities around the globe. Water supply and reclamation companies range in size and structure from public to privately owned and run. Organizational Overview The TRA is a public organization that is located in the Trinity River Basin in North Central Texas. The Trinity River Basin is made up of either the entire or portions of 17 counties which include: Tarrant, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Navarro, Henderson, Freestone, Anderson, Leon, Houston, Madison, Walker, Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, Liberty, and Chambers. In 1954 the 54th Legislature of Texas created the TRA after the political push from the citizens’ group, Trinity Improvement Association (Trinity River Authority, 2013). The TRA is a government owned corporation that provides the public with fresh water and the reclaiming processes for multiple municipalities. The duties and functions of the organization involve wastewater treatment, water storage in the form of reservoirs, the distribution of these waters to independent entities such as municipalities or private organizations, and the recreational
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