Two years after the project broke ground, more than 1,200 households in Palmview are now connected to a working sewer line.
On Friday, the Agua special Utility District announced the final stages of the Palmview Sewer Project have neared completion and households are now being connected to sewer service for the first time ever. This project, according to a news release from the district, represents approximately 1,252 households that will be connected and operational, now discharging sewer to the City of Mission’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.
“We are excited at this historic moment and for the opportunity to provide quality wastewater service to this area and add these new households to our system,” Agua SUD Manager J. E. “Eddie” Saenz said in a statement. “We want to remind all users to remember to follow all relevant guidance to keep the sewer system flowing effectively, including not flushing wipes or other objects, and alerting us if there are any issue.”
The final phase of the project to connect the sewer lines to Mission’s wastewater Treatment Plant was made possible by funding from the North American Development Bank which awarded Agua SUD $6 million last summer to connect approximately 2,000 residential and multi-family households to the new wastewater collection system installed throughout Palmview.
This project represents the culmination of a concerted effort to modernize one of the last areas in the state to rely on septic tanks to discharge wastewater, the release stated. The final steps in the process included disconnecting and decommissioning existing septic tanks and installing the lateral yard line service connections within the residential properties to the wastewater collection system service connections.
The project was recently completed in this project area and the system was fully operational and online this week, the release stated.
“Seeing such an extensive project come to fruition is a very proud moment for us,” Agua SUD board President Lloyd A. Loya stated in the release. “We want to thank everyone who made this project possible, including our dedicated board and staff, our colleagues at the cities of Palmview and Mission, our funding agencies – NADBank and the Texas Water Development Board, our contractors, our state and federal legislators who advocated for this project, and most importantly, the residents of Palmview who have been so patient during this process and will now be able to reap the benefit of having a safe and sanitary sewer system.”
Customers are urged to contact the Agua SUD Offices at (956) 585-2459 or visit www.aguasud.com to report any issues.