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$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.

$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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