Fabens, Texas, USA

Improvements to the Water and Wastewater Systems for El Paso County Water and Control Improvements District #4. (Fabens, Texas)

Status: Completed construction


Flows to the wastewater treatment plant exceeded 75% of the existing capacity, which violated the 75/90 percent rule manadated by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), previously known as Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC). The plant has not met the discharge permit levels for Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS), and minimum limit of chlorine residual. For the drinking water system, for the previous five years, the drinking water quality state standards have not been met in total dissolved solids, iron, and manganese. There was also inadequate fire protection and low pressures.


The purpose of the project was to improve water quality by installing treatment units to remove iron and manganese, to increase capacity by upgrading the existing wastewater collection and treatment system, contributing to the reduction of groundwater pollution and the risk of waterborne diseases.


The project consists of the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), rehabilitation of  the  sewer collection and water distribution and treatment systems to remove of Iron and Manganese from water for  the  community of Fabens, Texas

Project Financing

Total Project Cost US 12M
NADB Funding US 6.09M - NADB Grant: BEIF

Project Photos

Results Measurement

Results are measured upon completion of the project through a closeout process that assesses project performance within 6-12 months after completion, as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives established at the time of project certification and financing approval.

 Increase access to drinking water services

Provide access to wastewater collection services

Increase access to safe and sanitary wastewater service


Actual (2014)

Increase storage capacity (MGD)


Increase length of distribution (lf)


Improve wastewater collection service (lf)

5,280 of 16"

Full compliance with applicable rules and regulations




Increase storage capacity (MGD)


Improve wastewater treatment plant (MGD)


Water distribution lines (lf)


Wastewater collection lines (lf)


Significant project contributions

New WWTP 1.2MGD and 0.5 MG Storate Tank