The city of La Grulla is making some major improvements thanks to a multi-million dollar grant, and the money will go towards a new water treatment plant.
“It’s been a long wait,” says La Grulla Mayor Pedro Flores.
For the city, funding improvement projects in town hasn’t always been easy.
“We’ve always had trouble with our audits – getting our audits in on time,” Flores says.
With their existing water plant needing a major upgrade, it was time for a change.
“Eventually we got everything put together and we got a nice grant for our water plant,” he says.
The city received over $12 million worth of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In a statement, Congressman Henry Cuellar says, “Residents of Starr County rely on solid infrastructure for their community to thrive, grow and succeed. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fund infrastructure projects that improve public health and promote economic prosperity in the community.”
Instead of investing in the old plant, the money will go towards a new facility altogether, and is expected to double the city’s water capacity.
“We’re reaching our limit to grow, we had to slow our growth down and that’s partially one of the reasons,” Flores says.
City officials hope this means the decades old plant will finally be put to rest.
“Six years ago, we had two new filters put in. I think it’s like, 40 years old, so between then and now, there’s been extra filters, and a lot of stuff put in it,” the mayor says.
All while striving to find a way to better serve the more than 6,000 residents it does right now.
The city is aiming to start construction on the project by September of next year.