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City awarded $4.5M Military Grant for Water Infrastructure Project

The City of El Paso announced Tuesday afternoon the award of a $4.5 million grant from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission’s (TMPC) Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAAG) Program to invest in aquifer storage and recharge, supporting Fort Bliss.

“The funding will further enhance our civilian and military communities’ resiliency and bolster an already strong partnership between El Paso and Fort Bliss,” said Senior Deputy City Manager Cary Westin.

“The successes of both Fort Bliss and El Paso are intertwined and so it should come as no surprise that we will work together to address limited groundwater resources and invest in different strategies to increase the longevity and usefulness of our aquifers.”

The DEAAG program aims to support military communities across the state that could be impacted by any future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round.

The funds are targeted for infrastructure projects—such as El Paso Water’s Aquifer Recharge facility—and other initiatives to increase the military value of these installations in Texas, protecting jobs in those communities.

For more information about TMPC, the state commission, click here.