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Sunko Water Supply Corp. goes with flow as Eagle Ford shale prompts area growth
AT KOPECKI/Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Paco Valentin, state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, shakes hands with Melvin R. Medley, president of the Sunko Water Supply Corp., as Valentin presents a $5,609,000 ceremonial check for water improvements to the corporation during a press conference held March 14 in Stockdale. They are flanked by U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar (District 28) and Ruben Hinojosa (District 15) and directors and staff of the Sunko Water Supply Corp.
STOCKDALE -- Sunko Water Supply Corp., a 45-year-old water purveyor serving Wilson and Karnes counties, has secured financing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to replace approximately 22 miles of waterlines throughout the service area.
According to USDA Rural Development State Director Paco Valentin, the lines have reached their maximum capacity. The improvements will increase the water pressure in the service area and meet the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requirements, he said.
The $5.6 million loan terms include a 3-percent interest rate, with a 40-year loan maturity, Valentin said.
During a media conference March 14 in Stockdale, Valentin said the upgrade also will aid Sunko in meeting increased demands for recreational and commercial use, as well as meet the increased demands associated with the Eagle Ford shale exploration.
Sunko Water Supply Corp. President Melvin R. Medley recognized the board of directors, staff, and the chief engineer who assisted the corporation for the past quarter of a century, Southwest Engineers Chief Engineer Clarence Littlefield, during the media conference.
“Sunko Water Supply Corp. will be able to continue its excellent customer service with the loan money that USDA Rural Development and Congressman Henry Cuellar have been able to obtain for us,” Medley stated in a press release.
Also during the presentation, the city of Stockdale received more than $1.9 million in funding for water and infrastructure improvements.
Congressmen Henry Cuellar (District 28) and Ruben Hinojosa (District 15) attended the check presentations. See above for more on this event and growth-related issues in the area.
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