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FACING LONG-TERM NEGLECT OF WATER & WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE, REP. GONZÁLEZ FILES BILL TO REAUTHORIZE EDAP  print page

by: Rep. González, Mary
11/14/2018

EL PASO - Earlier this week, on the first day of early filing ahead of the 86th Legislative Session, Representative Mary E. González filed House Joint Resolution 11, which would authorize $200 million in bonds for water and wastewater projects in economically distressed areas throughout the state.

The Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) has filled the gap for many communities statewide, providing water and wastewater improvements to more than 400,000 Texans in rural and low-income areas since its creation in 1987 by the Texas Legislature. The program is absolutely imperative to the future infrastructural development of our state.

“We must ensure this program does not die,” Rep. González said, “EDAP has been the most successful program in the state in funding these critically necessary projects. We are committed to passing this crucial bill, as well as to working with partners and stakeholders throughout Texas who are affected by this issue.”

After heavy rains in communities lacking adequate infrastructure, sewage can overflow into the roads, creating health hazards such as water- and mosquito-borne illnesses. The critical need for infrastructure development spans the entire state. In southeast Texas, 55,000 Texans in Jefferson County are in need of over $69 million to fund a wastewater project, and in north central Texas, Wilbarger County is in need of $11 million to improve the lives of 11,000 Texans.

“Texans across the state, including residents of my district, have long endured a lack of access to potable water and adequate wastewater infrastructure,“ said Rep. González. “In the year 2018, there are people in Texas who cannot flush their toilets, or get clean water from their taps; that is an unacceptable reality that must be changed.”

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