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The Texas Water Development Board approves $270,000 in economically disadvantaged funding to the City of San Juan (Hidalgo County) to finance wastewater system improvements

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AUSTIN  (February 20, 2014)  The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $270,000 to the City of San Juan (Hidalgo County) consisting of a $135,000 grant and a $135,000 loan from the Economically Distressed Areas Program. The assistance will finance planning, design and land acquisition for first-time wastewater service for parts of the city.

Currently seven areas located with the City of San Juan rely on septic tanks, pit privies and drain field systems for wastewater treatment. The city intends to evaluate wastewater collection system alternatives and determine the most cost-effective option to provide this first-time wastewater service. The project will help provide the area with much needed service to ensure public health and compliance.

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.