Texas Water Development Board approves $4,675,000 IN financial assistance to the City of Eden to finance a water supply project

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AUSTIN - (January 20, 2011) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $4,675,000 consisting of a $2,680,000 grant from the Economically Distressed Areas Program for state water plan projects; a $995,000 grant from the Economically Distressed Areas Program for rural state water plan projects; and $1,000,000 zero-percent-interest loan from the Water Infrastructure Fund-Rural Program to the City of Eden (Concho County) to finance construction of a water supply project.

With these funds, the City of Eden (City) proposes to finance the planning, design and construction of water system improvements. The City plans to construct a third deep-water well to supplement the current water supply, which does not have adequate capacity to sustain the City’s water demands. Associated improvements include a ground storage tank, cooling tower, chlorination system, plant piping and a raw water line from the new well to the treatment plant. Grant funds will be used for the design and construction of a radium removal system to address citations by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, as well.

The City is located in Concho County, 43 miles east of the City of San Angelo. The City serves an estimated 580 water and 470 wastewater connections.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the state water plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.