Texas Water Development Board approves $2,426,000 grant to the Agua Special Utility District to finance a wastewater project

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

AUSTIN - (December 15, 2011) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a $2,426,000 grant from the Economically Distressed Areas Program to the Agua Special Utility District (Hidalgo County) to finance acquisition and design costs for a wastewater project.

The Agua Special Utility District (District) will use these funds to acquire easements, purchase land, and complete the design of a wastewater treatment plant that will provide first-time wastewater services to the City of Palmview. This project represents the first phase of a multi-phase project. Design, acquisition and construction of other phases will be carried out as funds become available. When completed, all the subsequent phases of the project are anticipated to provide wastewater services to 9,922 homes.

The District was created during the 80th Texas Legislative Session to replace the La Joya Water Supply Corporation. The District was created to provide water and sewer services to customers in rural areas of Hidalgo County and a portion of Starr County. It is located approximately 15 miles west of the City of McAllen and has an estimated population of 41,117. The District provides water to approximately 14,151 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.