Pharr, Texas, USA

Wastewater Collection System Improvements in Pharr, Texas

Status: Completed


The existing wastewater collection system is aged and deteriorated, with some sections of infrastructure installed in 1908. The collection system network grew in a disorderly manner with a lack of planning for future growth; therefore, the sewer system was not designed to handle the population increases experienced in the last decades. The deteriorated infrastructure experienced problems associated with year round sewer overflows in the streets, in front yards and in homes, in addition to the foul odor emanating from the overworked and inefficient lift stations throughout the city. Thousands of complaints were logged every year by the Public Utility Department, overburdening the City with high costs to simply maintain a system that was environmentally unsustainable and a clear threat to public health.


The purpose of this project is to eliminate exposure to untreated or inadequately treated wastewater discharges through the construction of wastewater collection infrastructure, contributing to the reduction of water pollution and the risk of water-borne- diseases.


The project consists of improving the existing wastewater collection system in the North, Central and South regions of the City of Pharr, Texas. The project included the construction of new sanitary sewers and lift stations, and decommissioning of some existing lift stations.

Project Financing

Total Project Cost US 36.59M
NADBank Funding US 10M - NADBank Loan
US 18.49M - NADBank 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.


Provide access to wastewater collection services

Eliminate untreated or inadequately treated discharges


Actual (2012)

Number of residents with improved service


Eliminate overflow events (avg 17 events)




Wastewater collection line (lf)


Lift stations constructed (3 new and 1 rehabilitation)


Decomission of lift stations


Significant project finding(s)

All sanitary sewer overflows were eliminated.