Texas Water Development Board approves $7,167,700 loan to the City of La Feria to finance water 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 $7,167,700 loan with up to 100 percent principal forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund - Disadvantaged Community Program to the City of La Feria (Cameron County) to finance water system improvements.

The City of La Feria (City) proposes to use these funds to improve its water treatment plant and distribution system in order to comply with the disinfection byproducts rule. Improvements to the water treatment plant include electrical motor controls and the installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. Distribution system improvements consist of extending water lines to provide first time service to disadvantaged areas, replacing water meters, implementing an automated meter reading and leak detection system to improve efficiency and reduce water loss, and replacing asbestos cement water lines.

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.