Texas Water Development Board approves $1,326,000 in financial assistance to the Zavala County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 to finance water system improvements

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AUSTIN - (August 18, 2011) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance totaling $1,326,000, consisting of a $193,000 loan and a $1,133,000 grant from the Economically Distressed Areas Program to the Zavala County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (Zavala County) for the construction of water system improvements.

The Zavala County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (District) proposes to use these funds to complete construction work for a water project to serve the District. The project will consist of the construction of a column-type water treatment system to remove radium and gross alpha radionuclides from the District’s drinking water. The completed project will provide the District with water meeting the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) standards for radium and will satisfy the Corrective Action Order from the TCEQ. The TWDB has formerly provided funding for the planning, acquisition and design costs of this project.

The District is located in eastern Zavala County, at the intersection of U.S. Highways 57 and 83, approximately 100 miles southwest of San Antonio. The District has an estimated population of 1,858.

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.