Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department of Rural Development, has awarded the City of Poteet, a federal grant of $1,220,000 and a loan of $1,875,000 to fund improvements to City of Poteet’s existing water system.
The USDA has given the City of Poteet 40 years to repay the over $1.8 million loan with a low interest rate of 3.25 percent, which is not available with conventional loans and allows the City of Poteet to save taxpayer dollars for other necessities. The project will include the installation of 5,600 linear feet of 8” PVC line along School Drive, reconnecting existing homes in addition to repairing Poteet’s roads and is expected to not only minimize pressure problems on the west side of town, but save money in cost-efficient water line repairs.
The City of Poteet will also rehabilitate the pump house and chlorine room at Well #8 and drill a new well at Well #7, which ties into the existing ground storage tank and water system. The proposed water improvements will cure previous violations noted with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
“I take the health and well-being of my constituents very seriously,” said Congressman Cuellar. “These federal funds will not only improve the quality of the water for the people of Poteet, but it will make the existing water system up-to-date. By doing so, we are saving residents taxpayer money in the long run and opening up the door for future growth and business investment in the City of Poteet.”
“The Water and Waste Disposal program is a vital funding source available to rural communities to help them keep pace with the needs of their rising populations,” said Paco Valentin, USDA Rural Development Texas State Director. “Rural Development is pleased to offer funding to improve services to the City of Poteet’s water system customers.”
“The City of Poteet is a small rural community like many communities throughout the region that are striving to provide its citizens with a reliable water source. The assistance that we have received from the USDA Rural Development Program and Congressman Henry Cuellar is a true testament of their commitment to see that the Poteet citizen’s needs are being addressed in a cooperative manner”, said Mayor Larry Cantu. The City of Poteet is fortunate to receive funding to improve its water services and upgrade its aging infrastructure.”