San Antonio, Texas – The North American Development Bank and the water utility, Comisión Estatal de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado de Soto la Marina, Tamaulipas (COMAPA) have signed a US$250,000 grant agreement to finance the construction of a water supply and distribution system that will provide first-time service to the community of José Silva Sanchez.
The project consists of the construction of an elevated water tank with the capacity to hold 6,600 gallons of water, installation of a water transmission line to connect the well to the water tank and distribution lines to serve 33 homes. Equipment will also be provided for the existing water well, including a chlorination unit and a transformer to supply energy. The new system will supply up to 25.4 gallons per minute of potable water.
José Silva Sánchez is a small rural community located approximately 10 miles south of Soto la Marina, the municipal seat, and approximately 126 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Residents currently depend on water trucks from Soto la Marina for their water supply, which is delivered twice a week.
“This grant provided through our Community Assistance Program will have a huge impact on the quality of life of residents in this community,” stated NADB Managing Director Alex Hinojosa. “The new system will ensure an adequate supply of drinking water and will reduce the risks of water-borne diseases associated with the inadequate transport and storage of water for household use.”
The project, which is estimated to cost approximately US$260,000, will also receive state and local funding.