Texline receives emergency water grant
By Robin Scott
On July 7th, the USDA Rural Development announced that the City of Texline was selected to receive an $85,000 Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant. The grant stems from a freak accident that put the city’s main source of water out of commission.
In April, a lightning strike hit Well No. 6, the city’s main water source. The strike was fatal to the well and has left Texline with an unreliable source of water from three existing wells in a different aquifer.
In a July press release, Francisco Valentin, Jr., USDA Rural Development State Director stated, “USDA Rural Development is delighted to assist the City of Texline in providing safe and dependable drinking water for their residents during this time of need.”
$95.5 million in loans and grant assistance was distributed throughout rural Texas in fiscal year 2008. That included 257,535 households. The press release added, “The USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Program is designed to bring fresh, clean drinking and sanitary, environmentally sound sewage facilities to rural America’s 53 million residents.” The loans and grants are available to communities with fewer than 10,000 residents. Also eligible are public entities, non-profit corporations and Indian tribes that are otherwise unable to obtain credit from other sources.
USDA Rural Development was created in 1994. The organization serves more than 3.6 million rural Texas residents. For more information about USDA Rural Development programs contact the Amarillo Sub-area office at 806.468.8600, ext. 4, or visit their website at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/tex/.