Water and wastewater services are provided by the Marathon Water
Supply & Sewer Service Corporation. The system has 330 water
accounts and 290 wastewater accounts. The majority of these accounts
The Corporation draws its water supply from the Marathon aquifer
through two wells located near the town. This supply is sufficient to
meet the needs of the community, but the water distribution system needs
to be expanded to provide service to additional users.
The wastewater treatment system was built in 1971 with a treatment
capacity of 28,000 gallons per day (gpd). The treatment process consists
of evaporating effluent in a detention pond. Currently, the plant is
operating beyond capacity, with average monthly flows of 36,000 gpd
and a daily peak flow of 115,000 gpd. Consequently, the Corporation is
under an Enforcement Order from the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
In addition, 36 residences are not connected to the sewer system and are
discharging their wastewater into cesspools or outhouses. These on-site
disposal systems pose a potentially serious health and environmental risk
to the area’s groundwater supply if they are not properly operated and
The Corporation has undertaken a two-phase project to expand and
improve its water and wastewater systems.
This phase consisted of decommissioning the existing facultative pond
and replacing it with a new 2.22-acre pond, which has already been
Improvements to the water and wastewater systems include:
Improvements to the wastewater facilities will bring the system into
compliance with TCEQ regulations and ensure adequate treatment of
wastewater, thus reducing potential health and environmental risks for
area residents. Expansion of both systems will ensure 100% water and
wastewater service coverage to residents.
|Total Project Cost||US 1.96M|
US 1.37M - NADB Grant: BEIF
|Other Funding Partners||
Border Environment Cooperation Commission’s (BECC) Project Development Assistance Program (PDAP)
The Office of Rural Community Affaris (ORCA)