Vinton kicks off water, wastewater project

Vinton kicks off water, wastewater project
Posted on 02/23/2022
Representative Veronica Escobar speaks at the ground breaking ceremony in Vinton.

The Village of Vinton recently celebrated the commencement of a major project to bring first- time water and wastewater service to their community.

Vinton Mayor Manuel Leos III led a groundbreaking ceremony in January to begin the installation of water and wastewater lines to serve over 2,600 residents in Vinton.

The project is the result of a collaboration between El Paso Water, the Village of Vinton, the office of U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, the Texas Water Development Board, the Environmental Protection Agency and the North American Development Bank.

The entire $30.3 million project will be made possible in part through TWDB loan financing as well as the Border Environment Infrastructure Fund, which is funded by the EPA and administered by NADBank.

“It’s been a long road but a very rewarding finish,” TWDB Director Kathleen Jackson said after the ceremony. “It’s about giving the local community the opportunity to take the bull by the horns and move a project forward.”

Groundbreaking ceremonyThe project was one of the first assignments given to EPWater’s Adriana Castillo when she became Engineering Division Manager over six years ago. “We started with three streets, continued through planning, provided support on technical side, assisted Parkhill Smith Cooper on the planning side, signed a connection fee and wholesale agreement and an operation and maintenance agreement,” Castillo said.

Once the project is complete, EPWater will operate and maintain the water and wastewater systems.

“I’m proud we can work together with all these agencies to provided first-time water and wastewater service to Vinton residents. It’s a collaborative effort of many people on many sides,” Castillo added.

Leos spoke of the project’s importance to improving the health of the small community in Northwest El Paso County, stating that none of the over 550 homes in the area are currently connected to a centralized water and wastewater system.

“This will protect the environment and protect the residents,” Leos said. “It’s a safer and healthy way of discarding the waste and providing clean, safe affordable water.”

Leos was joined in the event by U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, EPA Region 6 Administrator Dr. Earthea Nance, NADBank Director Calixto Mateos-Hanel and TWDB Director Jackson.

“So many of us take for granted the fact that we can turn on our faucets and get fresh clean drinking water. We take for granted that we can walk into a bathroom and not have to deal with adverse consequences every single day – consequences of not having wastewater treatment that impacts our health and welfare,” Escobar said.

“Today we get to celebrate that hundreds of families are going to finally live in dignity and receive those services that they deserve.”

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