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Texas Water Development Board approves $729,990,000 to the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (Harris County) for a water system project

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AUSTIN – (July 25, 2023) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $729,990,000 in multi-year financing from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT)* program to the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (Harris County). The Authority will use the assistance for the planning, acquisition, design, and construction of a water system project.

The Authority could save approximately $25,000,000 over the life of the loan by using the SWIFT program.

The Authority consists of 160 member districts and two cities, which operate 320 groundwater wells. With the assistance approved today, the Authority will construct new water distribution lines to provide treated surface water to the numerous entities the Authority serves. This fifth phase will consist of approximately 79 miles of pipelines that will range from 12 to 66-inches in diameter. The new pipelines include the Hardy Road Line and significant expansion into the eastern portions of the Authority’s service area east of Hardy Road, as well as distribution piping west of Telge Road in the Authority’s western service area.

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 control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

*The SWIFT program includes two funds, the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT). Revenue bonds for the program are issued through SWIRFT.