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New Law May Not Thwart Hays County Water Project

WIMBERLEY — On a recent weeknight, nearly 200 Hays County residents packed into the Wimberley Community Center for what some described as a celebration.

Six months earlier, three times as many had stormed the place demanding state legislation they hoped would thwart a major water development project that could cannibalize their own supplies.

A bill passed — barely — days before the end of this year’s legislative session, resurrected after a rare about face by the House parliamentarian. Enacted weeks later, state Rep. Jason Isaac’s House Bill 3405 expanded the jurisdiction of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District to encompass a previously unregulated Trinity Aquifer well field in western Hays County owned by Houston-based Electro Purification.

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The Texas Water Development Board Today Approved Financial Assistance Totaling $31,365,000

AUSTIN – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance for water and wastewater system improvements. Of this funding, $4,055,000 was designated for three rural projects.

  • $27,310,000 to the Greater Texoma Utility Authority on behalf of the City of Sherman (Grayson County) for water system improvements
  • $840,000 to the City of Alba (Wood County) for wastewater treatment plant improvements
  • $400,000 to the City of Fayetteville (Fayette County) for a water well project
  • $2,815,000 to the Port O’Connor Improvement District (Calhoun County) for water system improvements .

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TWDB Approves Approximately $3.9 Billion In SWIFT Inaugural Financial Assistance

AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved approximately $3.9 billion in financial assistance from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). The inaugural round of SWIFT financing will be distributed to 21 applicants for approximately $1 billion in projects in the first year and approximately $3.9 billion total over the next decade.

“Being able to finance projects through SWIFT is a major step toward achieving the goal of securing Texas’ long-term water supplies,” said TWDB Chairman Bech Bruun. “The projects selected to receive SWIFT financing will help ensure that Texans have sustainable and reliable water sources for decades to come.”

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