The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved more than $169.5 million in loans for water-related projects in Texas communities on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Somervell County Water District (SCWD) is set to receive $31,035,000 out of the funds to finance the construction of a water supply project.

SCWD will actually receive two loans. One in the amount of $23,655,000 from the Water Infrastructure Fund and the second, in the amount of $7,380,000, from the fundís Rural Program.

The district request the $31 million loan to design and construct a new 1.5 million gallon-per-day water treatment plant and transmission system. The facility will treat water from the Wheeler Branch Off Channel Reservoir before delivering it to wholesale, retail and industrial customers in the county.

To date, all water used in the county is pulled from the Trinity Aquifer, which is under a heavy strain from overuse.

SCWD completed construction of its raw water supply facilities in 2007. The raw water system includes Wheeler Branch, which is filled from a raw water pump station and pipeline from a channel dam on the Paluxy River.

SCWD serves all of Somervell County, including the City of Glen Rose and the Comanche Peak Steam Electric Generating Station. Once completed, SCWD will serve approximately 9,129 residents.

Other projects that received funds on Nov 25 were:

* $30,390,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to finance wastewater system improvements for the City of Sugar Land (Fort Bend County);

* $11,425,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund-Disadvantaged Communities Program to finance wastewater system improvements for the City of Burnet (Burnet County);

* A grant not to exceed $2,000,000 from the Water Loan Assistance Fund to finance costs associated with the design, construction, and re-location of the Boeye Reservoir for the City of McAllen (Hidalgo County);

* $5,290,000 loan from the Texas Water Development Fund to finance construction of a water supply project for the Greater Texoma Utility Authority (Collin County);

* $22,000,000 loan from the Water Infrastructure Fund to finance construction of a water supply project for the Brazos River Authority (McLennan County);

* $1,935,000 loan from the Water Infrastructure Fund to finance development costs for a water supply project for the City of Corsicana (Navarro County);

* $21,500,000 loan from the Water Infrastructure Fund to finance development costs for a water supply project for the San Jacinto River Authority (Montgomery County);

* $43,980,000 loan from the Water Infrastructure Fund to finance water system improvements for the North Texas Municipal Water District (Kaufman and Collin Counties)

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning, and preparing the State Water Plan for the development of the stateís water resources, and administering cost-effective financial programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control and agricultural water conservation projects.