State Agency Considers $1 Billion In Future Water Projects
The drought’s over for now, but not statewide needs for more water. The Texas Water Development Board votes Thursday (7/23) on loans for projects that address future needs in the state’s water plan. Nine of the 21 applications came from North Texas.
Jeff Walker, Deputy Executive Administrator for the Water Supply and Infrastructure Division of the Texas Water Development Board, says the North Texas projects range from a six-figure wastewater system improvement to a $440 million pipeline project.
Nine of 21 applications up for TWDB consideration are from North Texas:
1. A request from the Greater Texoma Utility Authority on behalf of the City of Whitewright (Grayson and Fannin counties) for a $640,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to finance the planning, acquisition, design, and construction of wastewater system improvements.
2. Consider affirming by resolution the commitment to provide financial assistance from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to the Greater Texoma Utility Authority, on behalf of the City of Sherman (Grayson County), made in TWDB Resolution No. 14-105, and concurring in the Executive Administrator's environmental finding.
3. Consider approving by resolution a request from the Greater Texoma Utility Authority on behalf of the City of Tom Bean (Grayson County) for a $1,210,000 low interest loan from the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to finance the planning, acquisition, design, and construction of a new water well and related appurtenances.
4. Consider approving by resolution a request from the Palo Pinto County Municipal Water District #1 (Erath, Hood, Palo Pinto and Parker counties) for a $17,100,000 low interest loan from the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to finance the acquisition, design, and utility relocation for the Turkey Peak Reservoir.
5. City of Bedford (Tarrant County): $90,000,000 multi-year, low interest loan to finance the construction of water distribution piping and water meters with new Automatic Meter Readers.
6. North Texas Municipal Water District (Collin, Hunt, Rockwall, Dallas, Kaufman, Ellis, Rains, Fannin, and Denton counties): $82,105,000 low interest loan to finance the acquisition and construction work ancillary to the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir.
7. Tarrant Regional Water District (Jack, Wise, Parker, Tarrant, Johnson, Ellis, Navarro, Henderson, Kaufman, Freestone, Denton, Dallas, Collin, Ellis, and Rockwall counties): $440,000,000 in low interest loans to finance the acquisition, design, and construction of an integrated pipeline project.
8. Upper Trinity Regional Water District (Fannin, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, and Wise counties): $44,680,000 in financial assistance to finance the planning, acquisition, and design for the proposed Lake Ralph Hall Reservoir.
9. City of Fort Worth (Tarrant, Denton, Johnson, Parker, and Wise counties): $76,000,000 multi-year, low interest loan to finance planning and construction costs for an advanced metering infrastructure system.