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Texas Water Development Board approves $37,710,421 to the City of Pharr (Hidalgo County) for water and wastewater system improvements

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AUSTIN – (June 25, 2020) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $37,710,421, consisting of an $18,150,000 loan and $1,680,421 in loan forgiveness from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and a $13,880,000 loan and $4,000,000 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), to the City of Pharr (Hidalgo County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, acquisition, design, and construction costs associated with water and wastewater system improvements.

In addition to the loan forgiveness, the City could save approximately $6.9 million over the life of the loans by using the CWSRF and DWSRF programs.

With the $19,830,421 from the CWSRF, the City will install approximately 13,500 linear feet of gravity sewer lines and force mains; decommission three lift stations and a force main that have reached the end of their useful lives; construct a new, larger main lift station; and make necessary upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant to improve reliability and operating efficiency of the collection and treatment system.

With the $17,880,000 provided by the DWSRF, the City will make upgrades to its water treatment plant to improve performance, expand the raw water reservoir’s storage capacity, and install a dedicated transmission main to the Eldora elevated storage tank. 

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.