AUSTIN — Today, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), at their regularly scheduled board meeting approved the City of Alton’s request for $8.5 million in financial assistance from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to finance the planning, acquisition, design, and construction of a drainage improvements project. Funding from the CWSRF provides below-market interest rate loans for wastewater management projects.

The proposed project is intended to relieve the frequent flooding of several neighborhoods. During rain events, floodwaters create inflow and infiltration issues for the City’s wastewater collection system. This issue increases the cost and capacity required to treat wastewater when the sewer and treatment systems become overwhelmed by the increased amount of stormwater. The stormwater runoff in the project area typically takes about a week to recede.

Senator Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“It’s great news that the City of Alton was approved for $8.5 million in financial assistance and I thank the TWDB for approving this loan.  This wastewater management project is greatly needed to improve the management of stormwater in Alton during flood events. Knowing the frequency of flooding within Alton, I commend city officials for taking action to help the people living in the identified flood prone areas.” 

Construction for the proposed project is scheduled to start July 1, 2022 and is expected to be completed July 1, 2023.

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa proudly represents the counties of Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part). Senator Hinojosa currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and serves on the Senate Committees on Property Tax; Natural Resources & Economic Development; Transportation; Agriculture; and Select Committees on Redistricting and Texas Ports.

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