EPA and Partners Celebrate Groundbreaking for Drinking Water Projects in Vinton, Texas
DALLAS (January 27, 2022) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined the North American Development Bank (NADBank) and the Village of Vinton, Texas, and other partners at a groundbreaking ceremony for two projects that will provide new drinking water distribution and wastewater collection to improve public health and water quality. The total estimated cost of the two projects is $30.33 million.
These projects receive a total of $6.5 million in grants from the Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), which is funded by the EPA and administered by NADBank. Other financial aid has been made available by the US Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Texas Water Development Board. These projects also serve as an example of similar work in communities across Texas that will be funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act in the near future.
“Every community deserves access to clean water and reliable sanitation,” said Regional Administrator Dr Earthea Nance. “The EPA is proud to fund this project to help keep Vinton residents safe and prosperous. We look forward to working with other communities to build capacity in their water infrastructure through funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
The new drinking water network will include the installation of water distribution pipes, meters and a regional storage tank. It will increase access to safe and reliable drinking water services for over 360 households by replacing currently substandard small water systems to provide access to a fully compliant water source and eliminate exposure to arsenic and pathogenic organisms in the current water supply. The total estimated cost of the project is $10.6 million.
“Rural communities in Texas are taking the lead to ensure they have the water they need, not just for today, but for the future,” said board member Kathleen Jackson. directors of the Texas Water Development Board. “I applaud the Village of Vinton and commend it for moving these impactful infrastructure projects forward. The Village’s continued leadership and commitment is critical to the success of Texas and providing reliable water and wastewater services for future generations! »
The new sewage collection system will provide services for the first time to 506 existing homes and the decommissioning of on-site sewage disposal systems. This will eliminate the discharge of 275,000 gallons per day of untreated or insufficiently treated sewage from residential, commercial and industrial sources. The Village of Vinton will own the collection system infrastructure, including a local lift station, and El Paso Water will operate and maintain the system. The total estimated cost of the project is $19.7 million.
“These two projects starting today represent the joint efforts of local, state and federal entities working together to provide the funding needed to make access to quality water and wastewater services possible for small communities. such as Vinton,” said Calixto Mateos, chief executive of NADBank. Hanel. “The Bank was delighted to play a role in these infrastructure projects for the benefit of this community.