Texas Water Development Board approves $8,381,340 loan to the City of La Feria to finance wastewater system improvements

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

AUSTIN - (May 4, 2011) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a $8,381,340 loan with up to 100 percent principal forgiveness from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund - Disadvantaged Communities Program to the City of La Feria (Cameron County) to finance wastewater system improvements.

The City of La Feria (City) proposes to use these funds to extend first-time sanitary sewer service to several disadvantaged areas. Approximately 31,550 feet of pipe and three lift stations will be constructed, and manholes and related appurtenances will be purchased. The project also includes the purchase and installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system at the City’s wastewater treatment plant.

The City is located in Cameron County, approximately nine miles west of Harlingen on U.S. Highway 83. The City has an estimated population of 7,133 and provides service to 2,307 water customers and 2,016 wastewater customers.

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.