Texas Water Development Board approves $11,043,460 in financial assistance to the Nueces River Authority to finance first-time wastewater service

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AUSTIN - (October 20, 2011) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution $11,043,460 in financial assistance, consisting of a $9,961,460 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and a $1,082,000 grant from the Economically Distressed Areas Program to the Nueces River Authority (Real County) to finance planning, acquisition, design and construction of first-time wastewater service to the City of Leakey and 11 surrounding subdivisions.

Currently, residents of the City of Leakey (City) and 11 surrounding subdivisions are served by individual, inadequate, on-site sewer facilities. The Nueces River Authority (Authority) will use these funds to complete a two-phased project. Phase 1 will include construction of a 250,000 gallons-per-day wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collection lines to serve approximately 343 residences and 106 commercial accounts in the City and nine surrounding subdivisions, including Vermillion, Emerald Oaks, Moore, Wood Hollow, Timbers, Leakey Springs, Sherman Lane and Stamford Hollow Road, as well as an area along the FM 1120 trunk line.

Phase 2 will consist of the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant to 400,000 gallons-per-day and the extension of the wastewater collection system to serve approximately 242 additional residences and the subdivisions of Frio River Estates and Twin Forks.

The Authority is a conservation and reclamation district created in 1935. The Authority has the right to develop and conserve water resources of the Neuces River Basin, consisting of all or parts of 22 counties that lie wholly or partially within the basin.

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.