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Water Projects Financed for Cotulla and Guadalupe County Service Provider

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The Crystal Clear Special Utility District service area map.

 

Posted: 5-8-2017, 4:02 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Austin (Travis County) - The Texas Water Development Board on May 4 today approved $33 million in water and wastewater improvement projects in four jurisdictions, with the majority going to a Guadalupe County service provider and the town of Cotulla in South Texas.

By resolution, financial assistance in the amount of $15 million from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund was awarded to the Crystal Clear Special Utility District (Comal, Guadalupe, and Hays counties). The assistance will finance planning, acquisition, design, and construction costs associated with water system improvements.

Crystal Clear Special Utility District’s service area is primarily in Guadalupe County between the cities of San Marcos and Seguin. The District has received several enforcement actions from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) due to aging infrastructure and system deficiencies.

In order to address issues throughout its system, Crystal Clear needs to combine existing pressure zones, develop redundancy within the system, and upgrade transmission lines.

Crystal Clear proposes eleven projects that include rehabilitation of several storage tanks, water treatment plant improvements, distribution system improvements, installation of new transfer pumps, construction of new storage tanks, and installation of relief valves to reduce pressure within the distribution system.

The proposed projects will include infrastructure improvements to connect existing infrastructure that will be transferred from the City of San Marcos. In exchange, the City will receive part of the District’s service area that is completely surrounded by the City’s service area.

Finally, Crystal Clear is proposing construction of a new water well andassociated water lines, and a water treatment facility to remove solids from the water produced by the new well.

City of Cotulla (La Salle County): The TWDB approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $14,085,400 to the City of Cotulla.

The TWDB provided assistance through three loans consisting of a $3,350,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund; a $3,920,000 loan and $1,625,400 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund; and a $5,190,000 loan from the Texas Water Development Fund (TWDF).

The $5.2 million TWDF loan is to refinance debt carried from 2014 projects in order to realize a reduction of average annual payments of $1.2 million down to $293,000.

The $3.35 million CWSRF loan will be used to finance the planning, design, acquisition, and construction costs associated with the expansion of the City’s wastewater treatment plant. The City will also be able to expand the plant’s sewer service.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan is to expand its water infrastructure and replace some components to meet current and projected need from the City’s airport, a new 48-acre city park, and two underserved neighborhoods. 

Project Need: Cotulla needs to expand its water infrastructure and replace some components to meet increased demand. The City proposes to replace the existing pump station at well site No. 6 with a new high service pump to allow for full use of the City's new well's capacity to meet peak demand during drought conditions.

A new elevated storage tank is needed to provide additional storage and meet the demands of a currently underserved area, a 48-acre park, and a colonia outside of the city limits. The new tank will also provide for peak demand during power outages and drought. The water line serving the City’s airport and surrounding area provides insufficient capacity and needs to be replaced and upsized.

Project Description: The proposed project consists of the construction of a new elevated storage tank, a 12-inch line to connect the new tank, a new high service pump station, and an 8-inch water line extended from the current water system to the Cotulla Airport.

The design phase will take from August 2017 to August 2018, and construction will being Oct. 30, 2018 and be completed Sept. 30, 2020.

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Hood County: The Rolling Hills Water Service Inc. received financial assistance in the amount of $2,333,300 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

The Corporation will use the assistance to finance the planning, design, and construction costs associated with water system improvements.

The Corporation will be able to replace water lines, a ground storage tank, a hydropnuematic tank, pump house, and pump station with the assistance approved today. In addition, the Corporation will be able to replace water meters with automated meter reading units. The new meters will help reduce water loss within the Corporation’s service area.

Montgomery County: The City of Woodbranch Village received financial assistance in the amount of $1.5 million from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Woodbranch Village will finance planning, acquisition, design, and construction costs associated with water system improvements.

Woodbranch Village could save approximately $119,000 over the life of the loan by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

The City will be able to construct a 150,000-gallon ground storage tank and a new pump station with the assistance approved today. The City will also make other improvements to the water system that will help increase the City’s total storage capacity.

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adolfo@virtualbx.com


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Adolfo Pesquera
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Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.