Texas Water Development Board approves $11,650,000 in financial assistance to the Eastland County Water Supply District to finance water system improvements

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

AUSTIN - (March 17, 2011) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a $3,495,000 loan and $8,155,000 loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund-Disadvantaged Community Program to the Eastland County Water Supply District (Eastland County) to finance water system improvements.

The Eastland County Water Supply District (District) proposes to use these funds to install a new filtration system, renovate its chemical system, enhance its coagulation and solids handling, and repair the building housing the office and lab. In addition to these improvements, the raw water delivery system, including the pump station and transmission line, will be evaluated for capacity and function, and improvements will be made as necessary.

The District is located in Eastland County and currently services the Cities of Eastland and Ranger. These two cities in turn service the City of Carbon, as well as several other water supply corporations in the area. The District owns, operates and maintains a dam and impounding reservoir in Eastland County, known as Lake Leon. The system is designed to serve a population of approximately 12,419.

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.