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Video+Story: First Montana Vista homes connect to new wastewater system

Thirty-four years. That’s how long Montana Vista resident Abraham Rascon has been hoping wastewater system infrastructure would reach his neighborhood. On Monday April 20, 2020, that wait was over.

“I thank God this day has finally arrived,” Rascon said. “We can now shower with lots of joy knowing our septic tank won’t overfill.”

Rascon was the fifth home to connect to the new Montana Vista Wastewater System, which will bring first-time wastewater service to nearly 800 homes in a first phase.

The project was made possible by $12.9 million in funding from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) through the Economically Disadvantaged Assistance Program (EDAP) and collaborative efforts over many years between El Paso Water, El Paso County and elected officials.

The 2,400 plus homes in Montana Vista have relied primarily on septic tanks since they are outside the city limits and El Paso Water service area. Rascon says regularly maintaining his tank was logistically and financially difficult, causing serious health hazards. But through the TWDB financial assistance, his now obsolete septic tank has been cleaned and decommissioned.

Photo courtesy EPWater

State Rep. Dr. Mary E. Gonzalez, who represents the area and was instrumental in acquiring the financial assistance for the project, witnessed the connection of the first six homes on Ekery Avenue.

“This day is a testament of what can happen when people come together to help a community,” Gonzalez said. “The residents, community leaders and El Paso Water fought for decades so these folks could have wastewater infrastructure. And we have finally realized it; I’m so grateful.”

Phase I of the project is scheduled to be completed in summer of 2021.

EPWater continues to seek additional funding to begin phases II and III of the project.

For neighborhood construction updates on this project, click here to subscribe to the Montana Vista Wastewater Project e-mail newsletter.

$2.8m Grant approved for Montana Vista sewer system

Austin – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved a $2.8 million grant to the El Paso Water Utilities Pubic Service Board (EPWU) for planning and design of a first-time sewer system for the Montana Vista community.

“I am grateful to the TWDB for this action, and to EPWU for making this project a priority,” said Senator José Rodríguez. “This is basic infrastructure that most of us take for granted, and it’s long past time we move all Texas communities into the 21st century.”

There are approximately 2,400 households in the Montana Vista area, which received first-time water service in 1996. However, this area still lacks a public sewer collection system, and many homes have overflowing, leaking, and otherwise unsanitary septic systems.

EPWU has been designated by the State of Texas as the regional water planning agency for the El Paso region and, in the effort to provide a sanitary sewer system to the Montana Vista area, submitted a request to be considered for 100 percent grant funding available under the Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP). The goal is to provide first-time wastewater services to include a centralized gravity flow wastewater transmission line, various diameter collection lines, and manholes.

The full project cost is estimated at $30 million. This $2.8 million grant approved by the TWDB today will allow EPWU to plan and design the full project in detail.

Author: Office of Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez

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