Texas Water Development Board approves $2,750,000 in financial assistance to City of Robert Lee to finance water system improvements

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

AUSTIN - (December 15, 2011) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution $2,750,000 in financial assistance, consisting of an $825,000 loan and $1,925,000 loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund-Disadvantaged Community to the City of Robert Lee (Coke County) to finance water system improvements.

The City of Robert Lee (City) depends on the E.V. Spence Reservoir for its water supply, and the reservoir is currently at one percent of its capacity. The City will use these funds to build a 12-mile-long pipeline as an emergency connection to the City of Bronte to obtain emergency water supplies. Minor improvements to the City of Robert Lee Water Treatment Plant are included in this loan to provide adequate disinfection for the emergency supplies received from the City of Bronte. The loan will also provide financing to plan and design solutions to meet the City’s long-term water supply and treatment needs. The planning effort will include drilling test wells for a supplemental groundwater supply.

The City is located approximately 30 miles north of the City of San Angelo. The City’s 2010 population was 1,049, and its utility system serves 602 water connections and 470 wastewater 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.