Texas Water Development Board approves $41,965,000 loan to West Harris County Regional Water Authority to finance development costs

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 $41,965,000 loan from the Water Infrastructure Fund to the West Harris County Regional Water Authority (Harris County) to finance development costs of a water supply project.

The Harris County Regional Water Authority (Authority) will use these funds for engineering planning, environmental clearance, and acquisition work related to the Second Source Project. The Second Source Project will include the installation of a 40-mile water transmission pipeline across north Houston, to bring 150 million gallons of treated water per day to approximately 880,000 people in west Harris and Fort Bend Counties. The project is needed to meet the requirements of the Harris-Galveston and Fort Bend Subsidence District’s mandate to reduce subsidence through the reduction of groundwater demand in the areas.

The Authority was created by the Legislature in 2001, and covers approximately 226 square miles of a largely suburban area west of the City of Houston. The Authority was created to reduce the area’s use of groundwater and to supply water to current and future political subdivisions that operate retail municipal water utility systems. The Authority’s service area has an estimated population of 506,238.

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.

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