Work begins on Texas water system improvements co-funded by NADB

Construction began today on additional improvements to the water and wastewater system for colonias, or outlying neighborhoods, in Laredo and Webb County, Texas. The North American Development Bank (NADB) is partially financing the project, which upon completion will provide first-time water and wastewater services to about 900 colonia households...

Dec 8th, 2004

LAREDO, TX, Dec. 7, 2004 -- Construction began today on additional improvements to the water and wastewater system for colonias, or outlying neighborhoods, in Laredo and Webb County, Texas. The North American Development Bank (NADB) is partially financing the project, which upon completion will provide first-time water and wastewater services to approximately 900 colonia households.

Laredo Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores, Webb County Judge Louis Bruni, State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, State Rep. Richard Raymond, State Sen. Steve Ogden of College Station, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Texas Water Development Board member Dario Guerra, and County Commissioner Judith Gutierrez met along with NADB representatives and other county and local officials at the Mines Road water storage tank facilities to witness the start-up of construction on a 28,000-foot water transmission line and booster pump station that will extend service to the colonias located in the Mines Road and SH359 Planning Areas.

These works are part of a US$21.6 million water and wastewater improvements project for 15 colonias located in and around Laredo. The NADB is providing a US$6.2 million grant through its Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), which is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Of those funds, US$1.2 million has been earmarked specifically for the installation of residential water and sewer hookups.

The project will also receive a loan and grant from the Texas Water Development Board through its Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP), as well as funding from Webb County.

Other project components include a new 0.125 million-gallon-a-day wastewater treatment plant, 200,000 linear feet of gravity sewer line, 27,500 linear feet of force main and 900 residential sewer hookups.

In Texas, the NADB has approved more than $198.4 million in financing for 33 environmental projects related to water, wastewater, solid waste and water conservation, with a total cost of $641.6 million.

To date, the NADB has approved almost US$696 million in loans and grants for 84 infrastructure projects in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

The North American Development Bank (www.nadb.org), created under the auspices of NAFTA, is a financial institution established and capitalized in equal parts by the United States and Mexico for the purpose of financing environmental infrastructure projects along their common border. As a pioneer institution in its field, the Bank is working to develop integrated, sustainable and fiscally responsible projects with broad community support in a framework of close cooperation and coordination between Mexico and the United States.

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