Texas Water approves $73M for wastewater, stormwater projects

June 10, 2022
Texas Water officials announces $73 million for a new wastewater treatment plant, a flood mitigation project, and a stormwater drainage improvements project.

Texas Water has announced over $73 million in financial assistance for wastewater, stormwater, and flood control projects across the state.

Each of the projects received support from either the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) or Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF).

Lumberton Municipal Utility District: $44,000,000 for a wastewater treatment plant

CWSRF funds totaling $44,000,000 went to the Lumberton Municipal Utility District in Hardin County. The district will use the assistance for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant.

The district will construct a new 6 million-gallon-per-day wastewater treatment plant at the site of its existing plant. The new plant will consist of two 3 million-gallon-per-day treatment trains with reuse of some equipment from the existing plant. The project also includes the acquisition of land to the north of the existing site as well as resizing the lift station to accommodate future inflow.

  • City of Sugar Land: $27,500,000 for a flood mitigation project

FIF funds totaling $27,500,000 went to the City of Sugar Land in Fort Bend County. The assistance will help with the planning, design, and construction of a flood mitigation project.

The city plans to provide detention and flood control within the Oyster Creek watershed. The project will assist with preventing overflows from Oyster Creek while providing flood storage, stormwater harvesting, and water quality features. The project includes a wet detention pond, channel improvements, weir diversion structure, drop structures, and diversion channels from Oyster Creek to Bullhead Bayou.

  • City of Los Fresnos: $1,703,704 for stormwater drainage improvements

CWSRF funds totaling $1,703,704 went to the City of Los Fresnos in Cameron County. The funds consist of $860,000 in financing and $843,704 in loan forgiveness. The assistance will help the city with the planning, acquisition, design, and construction of stormwater drainage improvements.

Los Fresnos plans to develop a drainage master plan, including an asset management plan to provide a comprehensive evaluation of existing drainage conditions, an inventory and mapping of existing drainage infrastructure, a hydrology and hydraulic model, and a capital improvements plan with budget estimates and potential funding mechanisms for the proposed improvements. In addition, the project includes drainage improvements within the city limits where flooding occurs during significant rainfall events.