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.