The BPUB has been awarded funds from the Texas Water Development Board’s Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) to construct a sewer collection system to serve the residents of the FM 511-802 Colonia areas located southeast of Brownsville with first-time sewer access.
The TWDB EDAP also provided funding for BPUB to perform a study which recognized there was a great need for access to the city’s wastewater system for these low-income areas. The Texas Department of Health designated the septic systems in these areas a health nuisance. Septic systems that aren’t properly maintained can become contaminated with bacteria and viruses. There have also been cases in the United States where children have drowned after falling into a septic tank.
The fact that these areas are prone to frequent flooding compounds these problems. When these areas flood from storm water, the septic tanks tend to become filled and overflowing with a mixture of storm water and the raw sewage in these tanks. This contaminated material represents a significant health risks to residents.
This project provides a better solution to the sewer collection and disposal with first-time access to a public sewer collection system. This will eliminate a significant health risk to these residents.
BPUB was awarded grants, not only for the creation of the infrastructure necessary for the wastewater collection system, but also for qualified homes to be connected to the sewer system and have their septic tanks decommissioned.
If you would like to know more about this project, please contact:
David R. Abrego, Jr., Senior Coordinator
BPUB Water and Wastewater Engineering