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Texas Water Development Board approves $28,550,000 to the City of Liberty Hill (Williamson County) for a direct potable reuse project

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HOUSTON – (December 7, 2023) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount $28,550,000 to the City of Liberty Hill (Williamson County), consisting of $18,550,000 in financing and $10,000,000 in principal forgiveness, from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The City will use the assistance for the planning, acquisition, design, and construction of a direct potable reuse project.

In addition to the loan forgiveness, the City could save approximately $5,100,000 over the life of the loan by using the DWSRF.

With the assistance approved today, the City will construct a new direct potable reuse water treatment plant that will use treated effluent from the City’s existing South Fork Wastewater Treatment Plant to help meet the potable water demands of this fast-growing area. The project includes a planning phase pilot study for a reverse osmosis treatment system that will be part of the new water treatment plant. Additionally, the project includes a new deep injection well for reverse osmosis brine waste stream disposal, land acquisition for the water treatment plant site, and development of an asset management plan.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood mitigation, and agricultural water conservation projects.