Congressman Cuellar, USDA to Announce $1.6 Million in Federal Funds for Bruni Arsenic-Removal Project
Webb County to contribute $400k by leveraging tax abatement, bringing total project investment to $2 million
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development - Texas State Director Paco Valentin and Texas Rep. Tracy O. King (D-80), along with representatives from Webb County and Bruni Rural Water Supply Corporation, announced today a $2 million project that will help remove levels of arsenic in the water supply in Bruni, Texas.
Currently, Bruni’s two operating wells, which are managed by Bruni Rural Water Supply Corporation, exceed the arsenic standard set by the Safe Drinking Water Act and are in violation of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) rules governing levels of arsenic. Congressman Cuellar worked with federal and local officials to provide funding for this project.
The total funding of $1,617,000 million includes a $1,375,000 grant and a $242,000 loan from USDA Rural Development. Webb County will contribute $400,000 for planning and designing costs, bringing the total investment of the project to $2 million.
The project will include approximately 5,000 linear feet of four-inch water line and the construction of a micro-filtration facility that will include pumps, strainers and auxiliary equipment. As the project develops Bruni Rural Water Supply Corporation will submit piloting reports to TCEQ to demonstrate that the treatment technique will produce finished water that meets the Drinking Water Standards and Reporting Requirements for Public Water Systems.
“Everyone deserves clean and safe drinking water,” said Congressman Cuellar. “When I heard about this issue, we wasted no time in talking with Bruni Rural Water Supply Corporation, Webb County and USDA Rural Development to make sure we could provide funding to upgrade the wells. I thank USDA Rural Development State Director Paco Valentin, Webb County Commissioner Wawi Tijerina and Webb County Judge Tano Tijerina for their tremendous help in securing safe water for the residents of Bruni.”
Rosaura “Wawi” Tijerina, Webb County Commissioner, Precinct II: