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TWDB approves financial assistance
AUSTIN -- The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has approved financial assistance totaling more than $60 million to several entities, according to an Oct. 17 TWDB press release.
The San Antonio Water System (SAWS), acting on behalf of the city of San Antonio, received two project fundings, including:
•$3,170,841, consisting of a loan in the amount of $2,975,000 and $195,841 in loan forgiveness from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to finance wastewater system improvements. SAWS intends to use the funds to replace existing belt filter presses, sludge feed pumps, and associated equipment, and plans to make improvements to four existing digesters.
•A $50 million loan from the Water Infrastructure Fund to finance water system improvements. SAWS intends to use the funds to make improvements related to the Brackish Groundwater Desalination Project.
Springs Hill Water Supply Corp. (Guadalupe and Wilson counties) also received assistance for a total of $1,290,350 -- a $1.1 million loan and $190,350 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to finance water system improvements. The corporation intends to use the funds to install 4,000 new customer water meters and additional system meters and to purchase leak detection equipment to identify and pinpoint water leaks in a timely manner and reduce unaccounted-for water.
The Texas Water Development Board is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning, and preparing the State Water Plan for the development of the state’s water resources.
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