TWDB receives $57 million grant from EPA for drinking water projects

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

AUSTIN - (September 24, 2012) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has announced it is allocating $81 million for fiscal year 2013 for projects funded through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The program is funded through grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state matching funds. EPA recently announced its $57 million grant to TWDB for this year's program.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) provides loans for communities at below-market interest rates and offers loan forgiveness to disadvantaged communities, green projects and very small systems as an incentive to make projects more affordable and encourage sustainable, green practices. This year, TWDB initiated a pilot program that helps very small water systems (populations of 1,000 or fewer) launch projects that address public health compliance, water quality, or water quantity issues. These systems can receive up to $200,000 in loan forgiveness toward their project.

Over the past decade, TWDB has provided over $1 billion dollars in financial assistance through the DWSRF, funding both large and small drinking water projects like these.

Location:
Eagle Pass
Project:
Three new elevated storage tanks and a 19-million-gallon-per-day water treatment plant brings poor quality raw water from the Rio Grande to current drinking water standards (completed November 2010)
TWDB funding:
$96 million
Water customers served:
40,000
Location:
Greenville
Project:
Six solar-powered circulating machines aerate a reservoir, alleviating taste and odor problems that plagued the city's drinking water for years (completed January 2010)
TWDB funding:
$305,000
Water customers served:
28,000
Photo courtesy City of Greenville

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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