Texas Water Development Board approves $49,900,000 loan to the City of Houston to finance wastewater system improvements

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

AUSTIN - (September 22, 2011) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a $49,900,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Houston (Harris County) to finance wastewater system improvements.

The City of Houston (City) will continue its ongoing effort to rehabilitate approximately 900,000 feet of pipe annually in order to comply with an agreed order from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With these funds, the City will rehabilitate approximately 475,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer line.

The City has an estimated population of 2,257,926 and provides service to 434,857 water customers and 417,668 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.