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Rep. González’s legislation to provide essential water, sewer services to Texans passes House

Earlier Wednesday, the Texas House authorized $200 million in bonds to be used to help those who lack access to basic water and sewer services statewide.

“This is truly a historic day for Texas,” said Rep. Mary González. “There are hundreds of thousands of Texans in the year 2019 who are unable to flush their toilets, or even drink a clean glass of water in their homes. Today, we have passed legislation to change that reality.”

Officials from Rep. González’s office added, “This money will help address the state’s current projected need of $360 million, and facilitate the provision of these essential services.”

The Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) has filled a gap for communities statewide, providing water and wastewater improvements to more than 400,000 Texans in rural and low-income areas since its creation.

Funds for EDAP have been facing depletion and must be replenished in order to continue serving Texans living in communities with a need for secure sources of water and safely managed wastewater.

SJR 79 and SB 2452 seek to ensure the continuation of the program for communities across the state.

The Texas Water Development Board has issued over $784 million to date in General Obligation bonds to provide affordable water and wastewater services where needed. EDAP has been the most successful state program to fund these critical, necessary projects.

SJR 79 and SB 2452 seek to implement the improvement in health and overall quality of lives of Texans across the state and guarantee that services continue to be provided to some of the state’s most vulnerable.

Rep. González’s HJR 11 Passes Texas House; Reauthorizes Crucial Water, Wastewater Infrastructure Funding

Thursday afternoon, the Texas House of Representatives passed Rep. Mary González’s House Joint Resolution 11, which authorizes $200 million in bonds for water and wastewater projects in economically distressed areas throughout the state.

“Water is a basic need; it is a human right,” said Rep. González. “Every community should have access to working sewage and drinking water, and continuing to fund programs like EDAP are paramount to ensuring this access does exist for all Texans.”

Currently, there are no funds left in constitutional bond issuance authority for the Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP), and there is a need of over $360 million statewide for projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure.

The past and ongoing projects span the state, from East Texas, to the Panhandle, West Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley.

EDAP has filled the gap for many communities statewide, providing water and wastewater improvements to more than 400,000 Texans in rural and low-income areas since its creation in 1989 by the Texas Legislature.

“The program is absolutely imperative to the future infrastructural development of our state,” Rep. Gonzalez added.

$12.8 Million in Funding Approved for Montana Vista Wastewater Project

On Thursday, the Texas Water Development (TWDB) Board Meeting, $12,865,000 in funding from the Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) was approved to provide first-time wastewater service to 800 households in Montana Vista.

“Right now in Montana Vista and across Texas, there are people who are not able to flush their toilets,” said Rep. Mary González. “EDAP fills a major void in funding these critically necessary projects so that communities can have functional infrastructure.”

Officials say these new dollars will continue previous EDAP funding that allowed for the planning and design phase of the project and will allow for the completion of phase one of the project.

“This project will improve the lives of those living in Montana Vista, and help to eliminate unsanitary sewage conditions in the community, including cesspools and surface-level wastewater.”

The EDAP funds approved for Montana Vista are part of the remaining balance of the program. In order to continue the program, Representative Mary González has filed House Joint Resolution 11, which would authorize $200 million more in bonds for water and wastewater projects in economically distressed areas in Texas.

“This is important infrastructure for health and rural economic development. I’m grateful to TWDB for providing tools for Texas communities to grow and contribute to the state,” said Senator José Rodríguez. “We still have work to do to finish the job in Montana Vista and in other border and rural communities.”

Since its creation in 1989 by the Texas Legislature, EDAP has provided water and wastewater improvements to more than 400,000 Texans in rural and low-income areas. The program is imperative to Texas’ future infrastructural development.

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