The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is approving a request for $8.5 million in financial assistance from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), State Senator Juan Hinojosa announced in a release.
According to the release, the funds will finance the planning, acquisition, design, and construction of a drainage improvement project.
“It’s great news that the City of Alton was approved for $8.5 million in financial assistance,” said Hinojosa. “This wastewater management project is greatly needed to improve the management of stormwater in Alton during flood events.”
The proposed project is intended to relieve the frequent flooding of several neighborhoods, said the release.
According to the release, during rain events, floodwaters create inflow and infiltration issues for the city’s wastewater collection system.
This issue increases the cost and capacity required to treat wastewater when the sewer and treatment system becomes overwhelmed by the increased amount of stormwater, said the release.
The stormwater runoff in the project area typically takes about a week to recede, said the release.
“Knowing the frequency of flooding within Alto, I commend city officials for taking action to help the people living in the identified flood-prone areas,” said Senator Hinojosa in the release.