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city-of-la-joyaThe City of La Joya is working to provide 140 residents in the western portion of the area with utility service.

The area, known as Havana, currently has septic tanks and City Administrator Mike Alaniz said the city plans to extend wastewater lines to residents. It has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to decertify that area, which is currently under the Agua Special Utility District.

At the same time, La Joya is moving forward to construct a 1.2 million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant. The city obtained funding for the $3.5 million project in 2007 through a government loan at 0 percent interest. The plant will be built at the corner of Military Road and Garza, next to the existing lift station. It’ll be an Aero-Mod plant that’s more energy conservative than a traditional plant, Alaniz said.

It’s taken longer to construct because of changes in the city’s application and the environmental report, he said.

Plus, engineers with the city said at a recent meeting they’re looking for additional funds to rebuild the city’s drainage system and renovate the water plant.

The city is growing, Alaniz said, and he’s trying to keep up with it.

“I know once you bring infrastructure, it allows development to grow as far as commercial and so forth,” Alaniz said, recalling decades ago when much of La Joya was filled with orchards. “It’s starting to become another metro area, and that’s part of life. In my personal opinion, we can’t stop developmental growth, but it’s kind of hard to see the agricultural way of life diminish in this area.”

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