Water Matters: A Retrospective Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Socorro and San Elizario, TX

A significant portion of Socorro and San Elizario, TX received water and wastewater service through an infrastructure project completed in 2003 with primary funding from the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP), and from several other agencies including BECC, USDA, and EPA.

The objective of this project was to assess the public health and quality of life impacts of this major infrastructure project, hereafter referred to as the EDAP Project, by conducting a retrospective Health Impact Assessment (HIA) using the tools of HIA as defined and described by the World Health Organization ( The results are intended to inform BECC stakeholders and, in particular, its Board of Directors, about the impacts of investments in water and sanitation infrastructure.

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