Texas Water Development Board approves $1,735,000 GRANT to the City of Silverton to finance a new water system project

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

AUSTIN - (August 18, 2011) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a $1,735,000 grant from the Economically Distressed Areas Program to the City of Silverton (Briscoe County) to finance planning, acquisition and design costs for a new water system project.

The City of Silvertons’s (City) current source of water, Lake Mackenzie, is threatened by the on-going drought. At this time, the City anticipates drilling new water wells and blending with water from existing wells, which have been found to have high levels of arsenic. The City anticipates that blending the water will bring levels down to within safe drinking water standards. With these funds, the City will complete the planning, acquisition and design phases of the project.

The City is located in Briscoe County, 80 miles southeast of Amarillo, and serves an estimated 401 water 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.