CONGRESSMAN RUBÉN HINOJOSA ANNOUNCES $6 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT/LOAN FOR JIM WELLS COUNTY FRESH WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT NO. 1
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa announced a federal grant of $5,199,445 and a loan of $806,000 for a total of $6,005,445 from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development was awarded to Jim Wells County Fresh Water Supply District. No.1 to service residents and a school in a colonia area of Ben Bolt.
"This is great news for a much needed project that will elevate the quality of life for hundreds of residents in the rural areas of Jim Wells County," said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. "The health and well-being of the families living in the rural community is of the utmost importance. This project will upgrade the water systems and also create jobs for the duration of the project."
The Rural Development funds will be used for a brand new wastewater treatment system. The proposed project is phase one of four phases and will include the construction of the new wastewater treatment plant, two lift stations, and connect service to residents and a school for a total of 351 connections in the colonia area of Ben Bolt.
New construction is needed because existing facilities include failing on-site septic systems and open cesspools near waterlines posing health and safety concerns.
The project will serve over 500 residents and service 351 sewer connections. The terms of the $806,000 loan are 40 years at 2.7% with a total project cost of $6,005,445.