Rep. Cuellar, USDA Announce $9.4 Million Investment in Floresville Infrastructure
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah and community leaders today in Floresville to announce $9.4 million in federal funds to improve the water and wastewater system for the City of Floresville. This funding is a result of “Build Out Texas,” a new initiative designed to improve critical infrastructure in Texas. This award is part of a nearly $30 million USDA Rural Development investment in Texas in which the City of Floresville and 14 other recipients in the state will receive funding to improve their water and wastewater systems.
“These federal funds are an important investment for the future of Floresville,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Citizens will soon benefit from improved water and waste water systems, which in turn will allow the city to continue to grow by having the capacity to accommodate new residents and businesses.”
The USDA Rural Development provided a $1,789,000 grant and a $7,495,000 loan to help fund this project. The remaining $180,000 was contributed by the City of Floresville. The total project cost will be $9,473,000.
“USDA is your partner in helping to provide safe, reliable drinking water and wastewater management to rural Texas”, said USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah. “This funding will improve the quality of life for residents by securing public health, creating jobs, and opening the door for even more opportunities in Floresville.”
The funds will be used to modernize the waste water treatment plant and construct two new lift stations as well as new collection lines. Once complete, Floresville will have a brand new, state-of-the-art water treatment plant which will better protect the health and welfare of Floresville residents by reducing the number of pollutants in streams and prevent sewage overflow.