PALMVIEW, Texas – Congressman Henry Cuellar announced $6 million in North American Development Bank funding for Agua Special Utility District (SUD) project.
The congressman’s press release said the funds will help provide first-time access to wastewater collection and treatment services for nearly 2,000 households in the area of Palmview, Texas. These federal funds were awarded through the NADB’s Border Environment Infrastructure Fund program.
“Our community deserves safe drinking water and a strong wastewater treatment system that keeps our water clean,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This federal investment will provide wastewater treatment and collection, creating both economic and health advantages for the city. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for funding to modernize our water infrastructure that will expand public health and economic growth in our community.”
The congressman secured $25 million for EPA’s Border Water Infrastructure Program, which funds the NADB’s Border Environmental Infrastructure Fund, in the final spending bill.
The release said the Palmview project will reduce environmental and health hazards associated with the inadequate treatment and disposal of wastewater, providing a cleaner healthier environment for its residents.
Specifically, an estimated 900,000 gallons per day of untreated or inadequately treated wastewater discharges will be eliminated.
Residents currently use either a septic tank or other on-site wastewater disposal system, which are generally considered to be substandard due to population density and soil conditions, creating a potential health hazard during wet weather.
This project will eliminate the risk of exposure to wastewater spills due to these failing on-site systems, said the press release.