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July 26, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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July 22, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $268,142,875 for water supply and flood projects.

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $268,142,875 for water supply and flood projects

For immediate release. Contact: Lauren Munguia at 512-463-2322

AUSTIN – (July 22, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $268,142,875 for water supply and flood projects.

  • $1,807,875 in grant funding from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for watershed flood protection projects

  • $1,700,000 to the City of Mexia (Limestone County) for a flood management project

  • $194,400,000 to the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority (Travis and Williamson counties) for a water treatment and distribution project 

  • $12,000,000 to the City of Vernon (Wilbarger County) for a water system improvements project

  • $29,115,000 to the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (Denton County) for a water transmission pipeline project

  • $675,000 to the City of White Settlement (Tarrant County) for an enhanced water loss control and conservation program

  • $18,000,000 to the City of McAllen (Hidalgo County) for a system-wide advanced communication infrastructure network

  • $10,445,000 to the City of Lubbock (Lubbock County) for a pump station project

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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July 19, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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July 12, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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July 7, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board adopts 2022 State Water Plan

Texas Water Development Board adopts 2022 State Water Plan

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today unanimously voted to adopt the 2022 State Water Plan.

“Adopting this new state water plan is a tremendous accomplishment for Texas,” said TWDB Chairwoman Brooke Paup. “The plan provides a clear and credible path to address the state’s long-term water needs while protecting its growing economy and population. It would not be possible without the support and dedication of the regional water planning group members, agencies and organizations, and other stakeholders that offered their time and input to make this bottom-up planning process successful.”

The plan projects a 73 percent population increase over the next 50 years, from 29.7 million in 2020 to 51.5 million in 2070. Along with that growth comes a projected 9 percent increase in total water demand. Texas’ existing water supplies—those that can already be relied on during drought—are projected to decline 18 percent during this time.

To meet potential water shortages during a drought of record, the 2022 State Water Plan contains 5,800 strategies, such as conservation and reuse, which together make up nearly 50 percent of strategy volumes; aquifer storage and recovery; brackish groundwater and seawater desalination; and surface water strategies. The estimated capital cost of implementing the 2022 plan is approximately $80 billion, and water providers anticipate needing $47 billion of that in state assistance.

“The TWDB has already committed almost $9 billion in financing for State Water Plan projects through the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas program,” said TWDB Board Member Kathleen Jackson. “This is a testament to the credibility of the entire state water planning process and communities’ active involvement in ensuring future generations have the water they need.”

If Texas does not implement the water supply strategies and projects in the State Water Plan, a severe drought could cause $110 billion of economic damages in the immediate future, increasing to $153 billion per year by 2070.

The TWDB produces a new state water plan every five years based on 16 regional water plans developed by regional water planning groups. Adoption of the 2022 plan marks the fifth state water plan created under Texas’ widely recognized regional water planning process. The 2022 State Water Plan is now available on the TWDB website and will be submitted to the governor, lieutenant governor, and the Texas Legislature by January 2022.

Additionally, the Interactive 2022 State Water Plan is available on the TWDB website. This site enables users to take an in-depth look at the 2022 State Water Plan data, projects, and strategies to see how water needs change over time, with filter options that allow viewing statewide details down to the water user level.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $41,566,157 for water, wastewater, and flood projects

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $41,566,157 for water, wastewater, and flood projects.

  • $5,001,157 to the City of Wharton (Wharton County) for a drainage improvement project

  • $1,000,000 to the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (Armstrong, Carson, Donley, Gray, Hutchinson, Potter, Roberts, and Wheeler counties) for an agricultural water conservation loan program

  • $300,000 to the Evadale Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (Jasper County) for water system improvements

  • $35,265,000 to the Green Valley Special Utility District (Guadalupe County) for wastewater system improvements

Texas Water Development Board approves $5,001,157 to the City of Wharton (Wharton County) for a drainage improvement project

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $5,001,157, consisting of $2,601,000 in financing and $2,400,157 in grant funding, to the City of Wharton (Wharton County). The City will use the assistance from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for the planning, design, and construction of a drainage improvement project.

In addition to the grant funding, the City could save approximately $1,320,000 over the life of the loan by using the FIF program.

With the financial assistance approved today, the City will complete the drainage improvement project in two phases. Phase I includes a master drainage study that will verify parameters of the hydrologic model based on updated rainfall data. Findings from the study will also produce a detailed hydraulic model with an urban storm sewer analysis. Phase II will implement previously designed solutions with considerations from the master drainage study. The proposed drainage improvements include creek daylighting, channel modifications, and increased capacity of the storm drain system to reduce flood risks.

The approved project is eligible for FIF funding under category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category was designated for planning, acquisition, design, and construction activities to implement flood mitigation projects.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $1,000,000 to the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (Armstrong, Carson, Donley, Gray, Hutchinson, Potter, Roberts, and Wheeler counties) for an agricultural water conservation loan program

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of a $1,000,000 loan from the Agricultural Water Conservation Loan Program to the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (Armstrong, Carson, Donley, Gray, Hutchinson, Potter, Roberts, and Wheeler counties). The District will use the assistance to provide financing for a loan program that funds agricultural water conservation equipment.

The District could save approximately $10,000 over the life of the loan by using the Agricultural Water Conservation Loan Program.

The District will use the funds to provide loans to area farmers to purchase irrigation systems and related equipment to improve water use efficiency.

Texas Water Development Board approves $300,000 to the Evadale Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (Jasper County) for water system improvements

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $300,000 in principal forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to the Evadale Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (Jasper County). The District will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction of water system improvements.

With the financial assistance approved today, the District will replace approximately 9,000 feet of deteriorating water lines with polyvinyl chloride pipe. The proposed project will decrease water loss and service interruption and increase production capacity and reliability.

Texas Water Development Board approves $35,265,000 to the Green Valley Special Utility District (Guadalupe County) for wastewater system improvements

AUSTIN – (July 7, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $35,265,000 from the Water Development Fund to the Green Valley Special Utility District (Guadalupe County). The District will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction of wastewater system improvements.

The District could save approximately $2,900,000 over the life of the loan by using the Water Development Fund.

With the financial assistance approved today, the District will construct 33,000 linear feet of 18-inch, 24-inch, 30-inch, and 36-inch polyvinyl chloride gravity collection main and all additional appurtenances. Additionally, the District proposes to construct approximately 40,000 square feet of new office and warehouse space adjacent to the existing office, a new 500,000-gallon ground storage tank, and two pumps.

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July 5, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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June 28, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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June 21, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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June 7, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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June 3, 2021

Press Release
Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $705,000 for flood projects

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $705,000 for flood projects

For immediate release. Contact: Lauren Munguia at 512-463-2322

AUSTIN – (June 3, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $705,000 for flood projects.

  • $250,000 to the City of La Villa (Hidalgo County) for a flood planning study
  • $455,000 to the City of Port Arthur (Jefferson County) for a master drainage plan

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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May 31, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board's weekly, one page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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May 24, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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May 20, 2021

Press Release
Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $10,625,422 for flood projects

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $10,625,422 for flood projects

For immediate release. Contact: Lauren Munguia at 512-463-2322

AUSTIN – (May 20, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $10,625,422 for flood projects.

  • $6,167,500 for watershed flood protection planning studies
  • $1,417,922 to the City of Palm Valley (Cameron County) for a flood management project
  • $3,040,000 to the City of Weslaco (Hidalgo County) for a drainage improvement and detention pond project

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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May 17, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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May 10, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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May 6, 2021

Press Release
Texas Water Development Board approves $1,118,954 in agricultural water conservation grants

Texas Water Development Board today approved $1,118,954 in agricultural water conservation grants

AUSTIN – (May 6, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved $1,118,954 in grants through its Agricultural Water Conservation Grants Program. The program offers grant funding to state agencies and political subdivisions for activities that further water conservation in the state.

The grant recipients are Texas Tech University, North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, Santa Cruz Irrigation District No. 15, Menard County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, Edwards Aquifer Authority, Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District, and Gateway Groundwater Conservation District.

These grants will support the implementation of conservation strategies outlined in the regional and state water plans and promote innovation and water conservation in agricultural irrigation throughout the state.

Visit the TWDB Agricultural Water Conservation webpage to learn more about this program and read success stories and examples of previously funded projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $84,341,767 for flood projects

AUSTIN – (May 6, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $84,341,767 for flood projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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May 3, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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April 26, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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April 22, 2021

Press Release
Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $85,759,490 for wastewater and flood projects and a Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery project

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $85,759,490 for wastewater and flood projects and a Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery project

AUSTIN – (April 22, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $85,759,490 for wastewater and flood projects and a Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery project.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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April 19, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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April 12, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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April 8, 2021

Press Release
Public comment period on Draft 2022 State Water Plan is now open

Public comment period on Draft 2022 State Water Plan is now open

AUSTIN – (April 8, 2021) – The public comment period for the Draft 2022 State Water Plan is now open. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will receive public comments on the Draft 2022 State Water Plan until 5:00 p.m. on May 26, 2021.

“To secure its future water supply, Texas utilizes a unique strategy integrating science, planning, and financing—and the state water plan is the cornerstone of that strategy,” said TWDB Chairman Peter Lake. “We could not gain such a comprehensive understanding of the state’s water supply needs and available solutions without the hard work and dedication of the hundreds of regional water planning group members, TWDB staff, and others who contribute their time and expertise to the process. We are proud to announce the publication of the Draft 2022 State Water Plan and look forward to receiving comments from the public.”

The TWDB will publish notice in the Texas Register on April 23, 2021, of the Board’s intent to adopt the 2022 State Water Plan later this summer.

The Board will receive public comment on the Draft 2022 State Water Plan at a hearing to be held on May 24, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in Austin at the Stephen F. Austin Building, 1700 North Congress Avenue, Room 170, and via GoToWebinar. The draft plan and additional information about the hearing are posted on the TWDB website.

“With a projected 73 percent population increase over the next 50 years, it is more important than ever that Texas is prepared to meet the state’s growing water demands,” said TWDB Board Member Kathleen Jackson. “With a total capital cost of $80 billion, the Draft 2022 State Water Plan identifies approximately 5,800 strategies that Texas communities can use to meet their water needs over the next 50 years.”

If these strategies are not implemented, Texas could face a 6.9-million-acre-foot water shortage and economic losses of approximately $153 billion in 2070 in the event of a drought of record.

“Conservation remains the most frequently recommended strategy by regional water planning groups and makes up almost 30 percent of strategy supply volumes in 2070,” said TWDB Board Member Brooke Paup. “New to the state water plan is a chapter exclusively dedicated to this important strategy. This addition incorporates agency initiatives and new legislative requirements in the planning process regarding setting conservation goals.”

Stakeholders may also submit written comments to Melinda Smith, Water Supply Planning Division, TWDB, P.O. Box 13231, Austin, Texas 78711-3231 or via email to public-comment@twdb.texas.gov.

For questions regarding the Draft 2022 State Water Plan, please contact Temple McKinnon at Temple.McKinnon@twdb.texas.gov.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $14,723,473 for flood and wastewater projects

AUSTIN – (April 8, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $14,723,473 for flood and wastewater projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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April 5, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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March 29, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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March 25, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $197,491,400 for flood and wastewater projects

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $197,491,400 for flood and wastewater projects

For immediate release. Contact: Lauren Munguia at 512-463-2322

AUSTIN – (March 25, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $197,491,400 for flood and wastewater projects.

  • $491,400 to the Cameron County Drainage District No. 1 (Cameron County) for a drainage improvement project
  • $197,000,000 to the City of Seguin (Guadalupe County) for a wastewater system expansion project

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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March 22, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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March 15, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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March 10, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $91,127,000 for flood and water system projects

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $91,127,000 for flood and water system projects

AUSTIN – (March 10, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $91,127,000 for flood and water system projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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March 8, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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March 1, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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February 25, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $257,494,590 for flood, water, and wastewater projects

AUSTIN – (February 25, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $ 257,494,590 for flood, water, and wastewater projects.

  • $13,100,000 to the City of Brownsville (Cameron County) for flood improvement projects
  • $1,503,954 to the City of Jourdanton (Atascosa County) for a drainage improvement project
  • $5,026,000 to the City of Junction (Kimble County) for flood mitigation projects
  • $4,574,636 to Nueces County Drainage and Conservation District No. 2 (Nueces County) for drainage improvement projects
  • $2,345,000 to Brookeland Fresh Water Supply District (Jasper, Newton, and Sabine counties) for a wastewater system project
  • $5,980,000 to Orange County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 (Orange County) for water and wastewater system projects
  • $165,665,000 to the City of Pflugerville (Travis County) for a wastewater system project
  • $59,300,000 to the City of Bay City (Matagorda County) for water and wastewater system projects

Texas Water Development Board approves $13,100,000 to the City of Brownsville (Cameron County) from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for flood improvement projects

AUSTIN – (February 25, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $13,100,000, consisting of $7,565,000 in financing and $5,535,000 in grant funding, to the City of Brownsville (Cameron County). The City will use the assistance from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for planning, design, and construction of flood improvement projects.

In addition to the grant funding, the City could save approximately $2,000,000 over the life of the loans by using the FIF program.

With the financial assistance approved today, the City will improve 6,400 feet of drainage ditch and increase the pumping capacity of the Impala Pump Station. The City will also construct 21 monitoring and control stations throughout the City’s resacas, construct detention pond improvements with automated overflow controls, and install several water level and rainfall data collection points to be integrated with the City’s flood model.

The approved projects are eligible for FIF funding under category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category was designated for planning, acquisition, design, and construction activities to implement flood mitigation projects.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $1,503,954 to the City of Jourdanton (Atascosa County) from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for a drainage improvement project

AUSTIN – (February 25, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of 1,503,954, consisting of $1,203,000 in financing and $300,954 in grant funding, to the City of Jourdanton (Atascosa County). The City will use the assistance from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for planning, design, and construction of a drainage improvement project.

In addition to the grant funding, the City could save approximately $277,000 over the life of the loan by using the FIF program.

With the financial assistance approved today, the City will implement drainage improvements and flooding control in the city’s downtown area.

The approved project is eligible for FIF funding under category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category was designated for planning, acquisition, design, and construction activities to implement flood mitigation projects.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $5,026,000 to the City of Junction (Kimble County) from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for flood mitigation projects

AUSTIN – (February 25, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $5,026,000, consisting of $2,513,000 in financing and $2,513,000 in grant funding, to the City of Junction (Kimble County). The City will use the assistance from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for planning, design, and construction of flood mitigation projects.

In addition to the grant funding, the City could save approximately $1,800,000 over the life of the loans by using the FIF program.

With the assistance approved today, the City will construct a raw water intake infiltration system at its water treatment plant to reduce susceptibility to damage from future flood events. It will also repair the Lake Junction dam and install mitigation measures to prevent future catastrophic failure of the dam.

The approved projects are eligible for FIF funding under category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category was designated for planning, acquisition, design, and construction activities to implement flood mitigation projects.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $4,574,636 to Nueces County Drainage and Conservation District No. 2 (Nueces County) from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for drainage improvement projects

AUSTIN – (February 25, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $4,574,636, consisting of $2,601,000 in financing and $1,973,636 in grant funding, to Nueces County Drainage and Conservation District No. 2 (Nueces County). The District will use the assistance from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for planning, design, and construction of drainage improvement projects.

In addition to the grant funding, the District could save approximately $1,470,000 over the life of the loans by using the FIF program.

The approved projects are eligible for FIF funding under category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category was designated for planning, acquisition, design, and construction activities to implement flood mitigation projects.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $2,345,000 to Brookeland Fresh Water Supply District (Jasper, Newton, and Sabine counties) for a wastewater system project

AUSTIN – (February 25, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of a $2,345,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to Brookeland Fresh Water Supply District (Jasper, Newton, and Sabine counties). The District will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with wastewater system improvements.

The District could save approximately $270,000 over the life of the loan by using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

With the assistance approved today, the District will replace piping within the Forest Hills subdivision collection system.

Texas Water Development Board approves $5,980,000 to Orange County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 (Orange County) for water and wastewater system projects

AUSTIN – (February 25, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $5,980,000, consisting of a $3,980,000 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and a $2,000,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), to Orange County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 (Orange County). The District will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with water and wastewater system improvements.

The District could save approximately $1,000,000 over the life of the loans by using the DWSRF and CWSRF programs.

With the DWSRF assistance approved today, the District will replace distribution lines and well pumps and rehabilitate elevated storage tanks. With the assistance provided through the CWSRF, the District will replace sanitary sewer lines, remove and replace 35 manholes, and install nine new manholes.

Texas Water Development Board approves $165,665,000 to the City of Pflugerville (Travis County) for a wastewater system project

AUSTIN – (February 25, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of a $165,665,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Pflugerville (Travis County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with wastewater system improvements.

The City could save approximately $2,200,000 over the life of the 2021 portion of the loan. Additional savings may occur when the City closes on other portions of the loan.

With the assistance approved today, the City will construct a second wastewater treatment plant.

Texas Water Development Board approves $59,300,000 to the City of Bay City (Matagorda County) for water and wastewater system projects

AUSTIN – (February 25, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $59,300,000, consisting of a $21,300,000 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and a $38,000,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), to the City of Bay City (Matagorda County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, acquisition, design, and construction costs associated with water and wastewater system improvements.

The City could save approximately $1,100,000 over the life of the 2021 portions of the loans by using the DWSRF and CWSRF programs. Additional savings may occur when the City closes on other portions of the loans.

With the DWSRF assistance approved today, the City will expand and rehabilitate its water production, treatment, and distribution system by constructing two new water treatment plants, improving three existing water treatment plants, and adding advancing metering infrastructure with new meters citywide.

With the assistance provided through the CWSRF, the City will rehabilitate components of its wastewater treatment plant, including the mechanical and electrical systems.

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February 22, 2021

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Water Weekly

The Texas Water Development Board’s weekly, one-page report on drought conditions and water-related issues across the state.

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February 10, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $144,042,788 for flood, water, and wastewater projects

AUSTIN – (February 10, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $144,042,788 for flood, water, and wastewater projects.

  • $8,233,288 to the City of Bandera (Bandera County) for a drainage improvement project
  • $149,500 to the City of Cotulla (La Salle County) for a flood planning study and mapping project
  • $300,000 to the City of Primera (Cameron County) for the planning of a drainage project
  • $51,360,000 to the Town of Pecos City (Reeves County) for wastewater system improvements
  • $4,000,000 to the Greater Texoma Utility Authority on behalf of the City of Van Alstyne (Grayson and Collin counties) for water system improvements
  • $80,000,000 to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (Comal and Guadalupe counties) for improvements to the Lake McQueeney and Lake Placid dams

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $8,233,288 to the City of Bandera (Bandera County) from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for a drainage improvement project

AUSTIN – (February 10, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $8,233,288, consisting of $4,528,000 in financing and $3,705,288 in grant funding, to the City of Bandera (Bandera County). The City will use the assistance from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for planning, design, and construction of a drainage improvement project.

In addition to the grant funding, the City could save approximately $2,600,000 over the life of the loan by using the FIF program.

The approved project is eligible for FIF funding under category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category was designated for planning, acquisition, design, and construction activities to implement flood mitigation projects.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $149,500 to the City of Cotulla (La Salle County) from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for a flood planning study and mapping project

AUSTIN – (February 10, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $149,500, consisting of $142,000 in financing and $7,500 in grant funding, to the City of Cotulla (La Salle County). The City will use the assistance from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for a flood planning study and mapping project.

In addition to the grant funding, the City could save approximately $16,000 over the life of the loan by using the FIF program.

The funding will go toward a study and mapping project to support a non-structural, nature-based floodplain management program.

The approved project is eligible for FIF funding under category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category was designated for planning, acquisition, design, and construction activities to implement flood mitigation projects.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $300,000 to the City of Primera (Cameron County) from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for the planning of a drainage project

AUSTIN – (February 10, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $300,000, consisting of $213,000 in financing and $87,000 in grant funding, to the City of Primera (Cameron County). The City will use the assistance from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) to plan a drainage project.

In addition to the grant funding, the City could save approximately $17,000 over the life of the loan by using the FIF program.

With the assistance approved today, the City will develop a comprehensive plan to address critical drainage problems within the city limits.

The approved project is eligible for FIF funding under category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category was designated for planning, acquisition, design, and construction activities to implement flood mitigation projects.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $51,360,000 to the Town of Pecos City (Reeves County) for wastewater system improvements

AUSTIN – (February 10, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of a $51,360,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the Town of Pecos City (Reeves County). The Town will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with wastewater system improvements.

The Town could save approximately $2,700,000 over the life of the 2021 portion of the loan by using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Additional savings may occur when the Town closes on other portions of the loan.

With the assistance approved today, the Town will modify its wastewater treatment plant to expand treatment capacity, address aging equipment, and upgrade its secondary treatment process.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $4,000,000 to the Greater Texoma Utility Authority on behalf of the City of Van Alstyne (Grayson and Collin counties) for water system improvements

AUSTIN – (February 10, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of a $4,000,000 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to the Greater Texoma Utility Authority on behalf of the City of Van Alstyne (Grayson and Collin counties). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with an elevated storage tank.

The City could save approximately $928,000 over the life of the loan by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

With the assistance approved today, the City will design and construct a new 750,000-gallon elevated storage tank and associated facilities.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $80,000,000 to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (Comal and Guadalupe counties) for improvements to the Lake McQueeney and Lake Placid dams

AUSTIN – (February 10, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of an $80,000,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (Comal and Guadalupe counties). The Authority will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with improvements to the Lake McQueeney and Lake Placid dams.

The Authority could save approximately $8,300,000 over the life of the loan by using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

With the assistance approved today, the Authority will replace spill gates at the Lake McQueeney and Lake Placid dams. Replacement of the gates will include structural modifications to the existing spillway, upgrades to the mechanical system and electrical power, improved backup power, new instrumentation and controls, and other updates.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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February 8, 2021

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February 1, 2021

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January 28, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board authorizes $44.5 million in Flood Mitigation Assistance grants

Texas Water Development Board authorizes $44.5 million in Flood Mitigation Assistance grants

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today authorized awards for $44.5 million in Flood Mitigation Assistance grants. The grants are funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to mitigate flood damages and prevent future losses. Eleven applications were approved by FEMA for this assistance.

The TWDB administers FEMA’s Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program for Texas. FEMA annually accepts applications for these grants.

The 11 projects receiving fiscal year 2019 Flood Mitigation Assistance grants include the following:

  • City of Corinth - $2,907,633 for a drainage project
  • Galveston County - $6,606,442 for elevation projects
  • City of Galveston - $150,000 for a planning study
  • City of Houston - $7,397,749 for elevation projects
  • City of Houston - $5,592,570 for elevation projects
  • City of Houston - $7,094,189 for elevation projects
  • Montgomery County - $10,076,167 for acquisition projects
  • City of Nassau Bay - $1,876,430 for elevation projects
  • Orange County - $1,003,984 for elevation projects
  • City of Pearland - $1,346,400 for elevation projects
  • City of Vidor - $429,159 for acquisition projects

In addition to the FEMA grants, communities will contribute approximately $2,875,244 of local match funds. The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program assists communities by providing federal funds for cost-effective measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program.

For more information on the Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program, visit the TWDB website.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $5,102,500 from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for watershed flood protection planning studies

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $5,102,500, consisting of $4,967,500 in grant funding and a $135,000 loan from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF), for watershed-based flood protection planning studies.

  • $1,125,000 to Bastrop County to conduct a regional flood protection planning study of multiple watersheds

  • $750,000 to the Sabine River Authority (Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith, and Upshur counties) to conduct a regional flood planning study and develop a comprehensive model of the Upper Sabine River Basin with particular focus on Longview and Kilgore

  • $500,000 to the San Jacinto River Authority (Grimes, Fort Bend, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, and Waller counties) for a planning study that will provide critical data and tools to allow a more regional approach to reservoir facility operations

  • $500,000 to the San Jacinto River Authority (Grimes, Fort Bend, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, and Waller counties) to produce a conceptual-level design and define benefits and costs for two dams in the Spring Creek watershed

  • $375,000 to the San Jacinto River Authority (Grimes, Fort Bend, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, and Waller counties) to conduct a regional sedimentation study of the Upper San Jacinto River Basin

  • $262,500 to Waller County to complete two recommendations of the Lower Brazos Floodplain Protection Planning Study, including developing a hydraulic model of the Navasota River

  • $240,000 to Waller County to identify flood risk and flood protection measures, identify locations for stream and stage gages, and develop a flood protection plan for the Spring Creek watershed

  • $1,350,000 to the City of Brownsville (Cameron County) for a flood protection planning study of the Brownsville Ship Channel watershed

The approved projects are eligible for FIF funding under category 1, flood protection planning for watersheds, of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category of funding was designed to support studies that conduct planning of entire watersheds to better inform the development of structural and nonstructural strategies.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, the FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $275,658 to Cameron County from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for a project receiving federal grant award matching funds

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance in the amount of a $275,658 grant from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) to Cameron County for a local project receiving federal grant award matching funds.

With the assistance approved today, the County will address the effects of flooding in the Paso Real subdivision caused by the surrounding resaca. The project will remove overbrush in the resaca and convert it into a detention pond by constructing a weir system with a 48-inch outfall pipe to convey floodwaters into Cameron County Drainage District’s ditches to the northwest of the subdivision. The detention pond will protect and prevent floodwater from entering the subdivision and causing flooding of the residential structures.

The approved project is eligible for FIF funding under category 3, federal award matching funds, of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan . This category of funding was designed to leverage federal funding by assisting applicants with the required local match.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, the FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $114,240 from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for storm sewer and drainage projects

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance consisting of $114,240 in grant funding from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for storm sewer and drainage projects.

  • $25,500 to the City of Mercedes (Hidalgo County) for planning of a storm sewer and drainage GIS mapping and hydraulic study

  • $88,740 to the City of Bay City (Matagorda County) for planning of a regional drainage project

The approved projects are eligible for FIF funding under category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category of funding was designed for the planning, acquisition, design, and construction of activities to implement flood mitigation projects.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, the FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $4,000,000 to the City of Diboll (Angelina County) for wastewater system improvements

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of a $4,000,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Diboll (Angelina County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with wastewater system improvements.

The City could save approximately $363,000 over the life of the loan by using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

With the assistance approved today, the City will replace equipment at its wastewater treatment plant.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $2,630,000 to the City of Rusk (Cherokee County) for water system improvements

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of a $2,630,000 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Rusk (Cherokee County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with water system improvements.

The City could save approximately $471,000 over the life of the loan by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

With the assistance approved today, the City will rehabilitate five storage tanks in its water distribution system.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $5,500,725 to the City of Sweetwater (Nolan County) for water and wastewater system improvements

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $5,500,725, consisting of a $2,400,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and a $2,187,000 loan and $913,725 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), to the City of Sweetwater (Nolan County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with water and wastewater system improvements.

In addition to the loan forgiveness, the City could save approximately $975,000 over the life of the loans by using the CWSRF and DWSRF programs.

With the $2,400,000 from the CWSRF, the City will replace aging equipment at its wastewater treatment plant as well as deteriorated components of its collection system. With the $3,100,725 provided by the DWSRF, the City will rehabilitate or replace several components of its water supply system.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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January 25, 2021

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January 19, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board approves the 2021 Regional Water Plans

AUSTIN – (January 19, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved the 2021 Regional Water Plans, which will form the basis of the 2022 State Water Plan.

The regional water plans were developed by the state’s 16 regional water planning groups to identify strategies and projects to meet the state’s future water needs during a repeat of drought of record conditions in the next 50 years. During the five-year planning cycle, the planning groups evaluated population and water demand projections, water supplies, and water needs in their regions through 2070.

The 2021 plans complete the fifth cycle of the regional water planning process that was created by the Texas Legislature in 1997. Approved plans are available on the TWDB website.

The TWDB produces a new state water plan every five years and will submit the 2022 State Water Plan to the governor, lieutenant governor, and the Texas Legislature by January 2022.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $5,860,000 to the City of Riesel (McLennan County) for water system improvements

AUSTIN – (January 19, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $5,860,000, consisting of a $5,360,000 loan and $500,000 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, to the City of Riesel (McLennan County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, acquisition, design, and construction costs associated with water system improvements.

In addition to the loan forgiveness, the City could save approximately $3,200,000 over the life of the loan by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

With the assistance approved today, the City will supplement its water supply by drilling a new well and installing a new pump station, ground storage tanks, and other equipment. In addition, the City will develop an asset management plan.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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January 18, 2021

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January 14, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $400,000,000 for wastewater system projects

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $400,000,000 for wastewater system projects

AUSTIN – (January 14, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $400,000,000 for wastewater system projects.

  • $325,000,000 to the City of Houston (Harris County) for wastewater system improvements
  • $75,000,000 to the City of Pearland (Brazoria County) for a wastewater treatment plant expansion project

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $325,000,000 to the City of Houston (Harris County) for wastewater system improvements

AUSTIN – (January 14, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $325,000,000 in multi-year financing from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Houston (Harris County). The City will use the assistance to finance construction costs associated with wastewater system improvements.

The City could save approximately $25,000,000 over the life of the 2021 portion of the loan commitment by using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Additional savings will occur when the City closes on the second portion of the loan.

With the assistance approved today, the City will annually renew approximately 800,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains to reduce sewer overflows and optimize system performance.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $75,000,000 to the City of Pearland (Brazoria County) for a wastewater treatment plant expansion project

AUSTIN – (January 14, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of a $75,000,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Pearland (Brazoria County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with a wastewater treatment plant expansion project.

The City could save approximately $12,800,000 over the life of the loan by using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

With the assistance approved today, the City will expand the John Hargrove Water Reclamation Facility from 4 million gallons per day to 6 million gallons per day. It will also direct a portion of flows from the Southdown and Longwood water reclamation facilities to the John Hargrove facility.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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January 11, 2021

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January 6, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board partners with federal agencies to enhance Flood Decision Support Toolbox

Texas Water Development Board partners with federal agencies to enhance Flood Decision Support Toolbox

For immediate release. Contact: Lauren Munguia at 512-463-2322

AUSTIN – (January 6, 2021) – A critical tool developed by federal agencies for analyzing flood risk has received important enhancements for Texas as a result of state and federal cooperation.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has partnered with the federal Interagency Flood Risk Management (InFRM) team, composed of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Weather Service, to enhance the Flood Decision Support Toolbox. The Toolbox is an interactive online application that provides maps and data regarding the possible extent of flooding and can be used for analyzing potential scenarios, flood risk assessments, damage analysis, and more.

For the first phase of site enhancements that launched , the TWDB worked closely with the USGS to incorporate building footprints on Texas maps. By adding this information, the Toolbox can now display potential damage to structures within the range of the USGS gages. This will give users the ability to estimate the economic impacts of different flood events on their communities. The TWDB has also provided building footprints outside of the current gage ranges in preparation for future mapping updates.

“This collaborative effort between state and federal agencies to consolidate complementary data into a single resource creates a powerful scenario-based planning tool for decision makers,” said Jeff Walker, Executive Administrator of the TWDB. “The TWDB is proud to provide Texas-specific data to help communities understand their local flood risks and make cost-effective mitigation decisions.”

The Flood Decision Support Toolbox provides real-time data from USGS streamgages connected with flood inundation models to interactively display a range of flood conditions at streamgage locations. The result is a dynamic tool for flood risk assessment that enables planners, emergency responders, and the public to visually understand a flood’s extent and depth over the land surface.

"USGS began collecting streamflow data in Texas in 1898 at the Colorado River in Austin, Texas, and has been cooperating with the Texas Water Development Board and other state, federal, and local agencies in providing these data to Texans for more than a century," said Tim Raines, Director of the USGS Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center. "We are pleased that this collaboration with the TWDB and our federal InFRM partners has provided enhancements to the Flood Decision Support Toolbox so that decision makers can find flood risk management information from these agencies in one place."

The site displays flood scenarios that range from minor to major flood events. New with phase one updates, users are able to save and share inundation maps with different data layers through a unique URL.

The InFRM team was formed in 2014 and launched the Flood Decision Support Toolbox in 2019.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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January 4, 2021

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