Texas Water Development Board approves a $4,100,000 loan to the City of Shallowater to finance water system improvements

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

AUSTIN - (February 2, 2012) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a $4,100,000 loan from the Texas Water Development Fund to the City of Shallowater (Lubbock County) to finance water system improvements.

The City of Shallowater (City) has groundwater wells that exceed the maximum levels of uranium and radium allowed by state regulations. In addition, the City’s water distribution system does not provide fire-fighting flows at its periphery and the City’s booster pump station has passed its useful life and is in need of constant repairs. The City’s lift station and several components of the wastewater treatment plant are also past their useful life and require regular repairs.

To correct these issues, the City will use these funds to acquire and develop a new well field in an area with lower groundwater radionuclide concentration. Other proposed water system improvements include replacing the booster pump station and installing new mains to provide fire-fighting flows. Proposed wastewater improvements will address rehabilitation of the main lift station and the entry manhole to the wastewater treatment plant. Treatment plant improvements include renovation of the sludge removal system for the Imhoff tanks and sludge drying beds, as well as safety and electrical upgrades.

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.