Wastewater EID and Master Plan
S&B Infrastructure, Ltd. (S&BI), formulated the “City of La Joya Wastewater Master Plan” to meet the wastewater improvement and planning needs of La Joya to the year 2025. The primary goal of the project was to develop the Master Plan incorporating the needs and requirements of the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) and Colonias Wastewater Treatment Assistance Program (CWTAP), as well as other funding sources such as the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and NADBank. Also included in the project is an application to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to obtain funds to rehabilitate a major lift station
The development of the plan included the analysis of growth and projections of need for the City of La Joya and surrounding communities. Negotiations and coordination were performed with the TWDB to determine the area of need for an associated EDAP project that would best serve the region as a whole. In the course of analysis it was determined that the City of Penitas, as well as the communities of Havana and Tierra Blanca would be included in the project. An application for Wastewater Certificates of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) were developed, along with associated interlocal agreements.
Ultimately, S&BI developed a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to target the City's immediate needs that included a prioritized list of proposed improvements within the next five years. Additionally, other reports were developed and generated, including the TWDB EDAP Category A – Eligibility Assessment, Category B – Existing Facilities Capacity and Problem Analysis, Category C – Alternatives Analysis and Design, and the Environmental Information Document (EID). Coordination with BECC began with a request in technical assistance funding; a Rapid Assessment Plan was developed by BECC and requirements are currently being addressed.