Earlier today, various local and state representatives gathered to announce the completion of a new water treatment plant in the community of Peñitas, thanks to a federal grant of $18 million.
The US Department of Agriculture announced a project to help improve water quality and public health in low income communities or “colonias” in the Southwest.
A colonia lacks proper infrastructure, including water and sewer facilities.
Residents in Peñitas no longer need to use on-site septic tanks that pose health risks.
“We are here to see the investment, but really it’s about families, the almost 1,500 families this serves,” said Judith Canales, USDA Rural Development Acting Deputy Undersecretary.
“Not only is it helping with the health but the growing city, we are growing at 277%, according to the US Census Bureau,” said Noe Cavazos, Peñitas City Manager.
The USDA says this is a basic service that provides assistance and addresses health risks in border communities. Officials say it will also attract more business and help boost the economy and lifestyle of residents.
“It is time for us to have the proper development here in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Judith Canales, USDA Rural Development Acting Deputy Undersecretary.
The USDA says they are committed to the future of rural communities. And this is only the beginning.
Reporting for FOX 2 News, I’m Jessica Solis.