Eden receiving USDA funding for water system


Eden residents may soon see better water presure and service quality.That’s because the city is recieving USDA funding for water and wastewater system improvements as part of a new rural development initiative. The city says the funding will help finish updating the system.

“We have two sides are for this project,” explains Agapito Torres, mayor for the city of Eden. “We have a supply lines that we will be replacing as well as waste water distribution as well. Just a lot of old infrastructure lines that have been in eden, probably since the 30s or 40s that need replacing.”

In addition to updating the old water distribution and sewer collection pipelines, funding will also help construct a pumping station. The improvments come just a few years after updates to their water plant. The city is also making extensive improvments to their sidewalks in a project with TXDoT. The USDA funding for their water system improvments though is not a single lump sum.

“We were granted $3.877 million,” said Torres. “Then [also] a loan for $2.768 million. So, about $6.5 million total.”

The city will have to secure and repay the loan porton of the funding. The planning phase is already underway, with Abilene engineering firm Enprotec / Hibbs and Todd contractred for the work.

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