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City of Pharr Receives $19,000,000 Grant

On March 27, 2007 in San Antonio, TX the City of Pharr received a $19,000,000 grant from North American Development Bank (NADBank) for it Wastewater Collection System Project. The $19,000,000 grant, which $17,000,000 for construction and $2,000,000 for transition assistance, is the largest grant ever given to a city in Texas and the 2nd largest ever given in the United States from NADBank.

The Wastewater Collection System Project, which is $67,000,000 project, will be done in phases. Phase I will cost $44,000,000 and consists of building three (3) main lift stations and eliminating ten (10) small to medium size lift stations and installing main sewer trunk lines and force mains ranging from 12” to 36” sizes. The reason the project must be done is to eliminate the sanitary sewer overflows around the city, to replace the deteriorating sewer lines and to eliminate the odor in certain areas of the city.

David Garza, Utilities Director, states “This project is long overdue. The City has been back and forth with the funding agencies for the last five years. The regulations were a moving target, every time we hit one, the others would start moving, but we are now seeing the dividends for the hard work and dedication the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, Steering Committee and Utilities Staff put into this has paid off.”

The following deserve a Thank you for making history in receiving the largest grant in Texas, $19,000,000:

Mayor and City Council
Past City Council Members
Fred Sandoval, City Manager
Steering Committee: Victor Carrillo, Chairperson; Oscar Elizondo, Vice Chairperson; Jose Anaya, Rene Garza, Elida Newell, Bobby Vecchio
Cris Vela, First Southwest Company
Carlos Mondragon
Utilities Staff

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