The well will run once more
By Nathan French
The community of Texline has been plagued with municipal water problems for years; however, a new well was drilled and water quality and quantity was vastly improved. The close knit community had become accustomed with mediocre municipal water, which many chose not to drink, but rather use for only the necessities. With the advent of the new well outside of town providing quality water, the past problems were forgotten. Those memories were brought to the forefront once more on April 13 when Texline’s main water well was struck by lighting and great damage was done to both the pump and the well itself. The city was once more reliant on three existing wells from another aquifer that were an unreliable source of water.
Repercussions from something as simple as a freak lighting bolt can be devastating to a small community such as Texline, where the goal is to provide the highest quality of public services available but limited municipal resources to make those goals possible are nearly unattainable. Thanks to the efforts of active citizens and municipal workers, relief has come. The USDA Rural Development announced an $85,000 Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant to Texline. The monies will go to the reworking of the city’s well to repair the damages caused by the lightning strike.
Linda Brakebill, USDA Rural Development Area Director, presented the ceremonial check to Texline at City Hall on Thursday so repairs may begin on the crippled water system. Paco Valentin, 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.” Congressman Mac Thornberry added, “This type of funding is very competitive, and the credit goes to those folks at Texline for working with USDA to figure out innovative ways to address this need for the community.”
In the 2009 Fiscal year, USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Program has distributed $91.8 million of loan and grant assistance throughout rural Texas to 232,311 households. The program’s mission is to provide fresh, clean drinking water and sanitary, environmentally sound sewage facilities to rural America’s 53 million residents. Loans and grants are available to rural communities with fewer than 10,000 residents. Public bodies, non-profit corporations, and Indian tribes are also eligible for assistance.