Cyndie Park 2 Water Supply Corp. awarded $900,000 for improvements
The $900,000 water improvement project will connect Cyndie Park customers to the Nueces Water Supply Corporation.
NUECES COUNTY -
On Thursday, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved a $900,000 financial assistance award for the Cyndie Park 2 Water Supply Corporation in Nueces County to move forward with water distribution improvements.
The funds will finance the planning, design, and construction of improvements to the water system intended to reduce arsenic levels in the system and provide clean drinking water to more nearby residents.
Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa issued a statement following the decision, saying, "water is vital to life and the development of our society and economics...for years, the well water that was being used, had arsenic levels higher than what was allowed by the EPA."
Currently, the Cyndie Park 2 Water Supply Corporation obtains its drinking water from a well system with arsenic levels above the maximum containment level allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued a grant to Nueces County (acting on behalf of the Corporation) to install a specialized membrane filter to reduce arsenic levels. That system was installed in 2014, however, the filter needs to be replaced every 12 to 18 months and wasn't intended to be a long-term solution to the issue.
The new funding from TWDB will be used to connect the Cyndie Park system to the Nueces Water Supply Corporation (NWSC), and to connect Cyndie Park 1 and 2 and nearby Ranch subdivisions to the same system.
"This is a dream come true for our community," said Nueces County Commissioner, Joe Gonzalez, who explained, "we have waited many years to be able to give our residents safe and clean drinking water. The $900,000 will allow us to finally construct these critical water distribution improvements and improve the quality of life for so many families."
When the improvement project is complete, the upgraded water system will be turned over to NWSC, and the residents will become customers of NWSC.