City to get $3.9 million loan for wastewater improvements

Posted 11/10/20

The Texas Water Development Board announced Friday that the city of Madisonville was approved for $3,965,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to make improvements on the city’s wastewater system, including a new sewer line under Interstate 45.

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City to get $3.9 million loan for wastewater improvements

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The Texas Water Development Board announced Friday that the city of Madisonville was approved for $3,965,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to make improvements on the city’s wastewater system, including a new sewer line under Interstate 45.

“We’ve been working on this for 2 ½ years,” City Manager Camilla Viator said Monday. “We need to service the current population and we are trying to prepare for growth as 45 widens going north.”

By using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, a federal-state partnership that provides communities low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects, the city will save about $767,000 over the life of the loan, according to the TWDB.

Among the projects the city plans with the loan are raising the walls around ground level equipment, replacing a force main, constructing a new lift station, extending sanitary sewer service along I-45, and other system upgrades.

“We’ve been making piecemeal repairs,” Viator said. “We need to replace a lot more out there.

“There are a whole million reasons to do this.”

In August, Madisonville city council members approved engaging bond counsel and engineering services pacts for a $3.96 million project on the city’s sewer system.

Beaumont-based Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. will provide engineering services on the project, which will include additional sludge handling equipment, replacing a bore under Interstate 45 and raising the wall around the wastewater plant to prevent flooding.

Of the planned projects, a new sewer line running under Interstate 45 will provide a much-needed redundancy for the city’s wastewater network.

“We only have one line under there,” Viator said.

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