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Texas Water Development Board approves $17,406,373 to the North Alamo Water Supply Corporation (Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron counties) for water system improvements

For immediate release. Contact: Sarah Haney at 512-463-5129

AUSTIN – (March 12, 2020) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $17,406,373, consisting of a $14,820,000 loan and $2,586,373 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, to the North Alamo Water Supply Corporation (Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron counties). The Corporation will use the assistance to finance planning, design, acquisition, and construction costs associated with water system improvements.

In addition to the loan forgiveness, the Corporation could save approximately $750,000 over the life of the loan by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

Water demand in the Corporation’s service area is expected to more than double in the next 50 years, requiring the Corporation to develop new water supplies to meet the demand. With the assistance approved today, the Corporation will conduct a pilot study to verify the projected performance of proposed energy-efficient desalination technologies and collect data to inform the design and permitting of production facilities. The Corporation will also design and construct three new groundwater wells, associated transmission facilities, and necessary treatment units.

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.