Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Announces $2,465,000 Loan Award for Water Infrastructure in Floresville

Improvements will provide safe and reliable drinking water for residents

Washington | Charlotte Laracy, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Leslie Martinez, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), November 6, 2019

Floresville, TX-- Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced a $2,265,000 loan award to the city of Floresville. These funds, awarded through the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal program, will be used to replace the existing Plaza Well and rehabilitate other water treatment installations. These improvements will secure safe and reliable drinking water for the residents of Floresville.

“It is critical that our water infrastructure is safe and functioning in our communities, and across the country,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This investment will ensure that households, businesses, and industries in our city have safe, clean drinking water. As a member of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Appropriations, I will continue to fund infrastructure projects that advance our citizens’ well-being and promote economic prosperity. I want to thank the City of Floresville, including Mayor Cecelia Gonzalez-Dippel, City Manager Henrietta Turner, and members of City Council, as well as USDA Representative Betty Soto for their hard work and dedication to this city.”

“The City of Floresville’s top priority is to ensure public health with safe drinking water and maintaining a high level of reliable service now and in the future,” said City Manager Henrietta Turner.

Floresville’s Infrastructure Project

Floresville’s water infrastructure project include a new Carrizo Aquifer well that will be constructed at the existing Plaza Water Plant site to replace the existing, out of service well and the rehabilitation of the “B” Street well. Floresville will also construct a new aerator and rehabilitate the Hospital Water Plant. Lastly, the City will establish a permanent interconnect with Oak Hills Water Supply Corporation. The project will impact all of the 6,148 residents of Floresville, TX and ensure everyone has safe drinking water.

The USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Program

As a Member of the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Appropriations, the Congressman worked to secure $18,149,000 for the Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants program and $255,835,000 for USDA’s Rural Development Programs in this year’s House Agriculture Appropriations bill.

The Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants are administered through USDA’s Rural Development office. The goal of the program is to provide funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, including, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage.  The necessary funding will help both households and businesses in eligible rural areas.