Municipal Setting Designations

Municipal Setting Designations (MSDs) are an official state designation certifying that the groundwater on a property is not to be used as potable (drinking) water. This applies to a small quantity of groundwater on the property that does not come into contact with people or wildlife, and which does not flow into deep aquifers.


Amy Lamar | February 2021 | Base Data: ESRI Topography, CFW GIS


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Why do we need MSDs?

Contaminated groundwater can be an impediment to development of properties, because it can be very costly and time consuming to remediate it in order to bring it to the standard of drinking water. Since this contaminated groundwater is not intended for consumption or other use, leaving it in its current state does not pose a threat to human health.

The City of Fort Worth MSD Program

As per state requirement, a Municipal Settings Designation is established when City Council adopts a resolution and an ordinance to prohibit the use of identified groundwater as potable water.