Texas Water Development Board approves $1,600,000 in financial assistance to the Sommervell County Water District to finance a water supply project

For immediate release.  Contact: Kimberly Leggett at 512-463-5129

AUSTIN - (February 14, 2011) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a $700,000 grant from the Economically Distressed Areas Program for rural state water plan projects, and a $900,000 zero percent interest loan from the Water Infrastructure Fund-Rural Program to the Somervell County Water District (Somervell County) to finance construction of a water supply project.

Along with a previous commitment from the TWDB, the Somervell County Water District (District) proposes to use these funds to make improvements to its water supply system. Upon completion, the project will deliver water from the Wheeler Branch Off-Channel Reservoir to wholesale, retail and industrial customers in Somervell County. A 1.5 million-gallon-per-day water treatment plant and first phases of a multi-phased transmission system are currently under construction. This commitment will fund the completion of design and construction of phases five and six of the project, which consist of installation of water lines, a booster pump station, ground and elevated storage tanks and a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for monitoring the booster pump station and tank levels. The District also plans to complete routing studies and an environmental assessment for future phases of the project.

The District is located in Somervell County, 55 miles southwest of the City of Fort Worth. The District was created in 1985 as a conservation and reclamation district under the Texas Water Code. The service area of the District is the entirety of Somervell County.

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.