All construction funds were expended as of June 30, 2013, and no further
updates to this website will be made after October 31, 2013.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program Summary
On Feb. 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which provided $789 billion to create or save jobs over the following years. The Recovery Act had three immediate goals.
- Create new jobs and save existing ones;
- Spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth;
- Foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending.
ARRA funding was administered through 28 federal agencies, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administered funds for water and wastewater projects. The Texas Water Development Board received $326 million from EPA to help communities across the state improve their water and wastewater infrastructures.
TWDB attained successful completion of the Clean Water (CWSRF) and Drinking Water (DWSRF) ARRA program. Funds were dispersed for 109 construction contracts located in 45 communities across the state of Texas. Some of the projects were funded by grants; others were funded with loans. At least 50 percent of the funds were dispersed to disadvantaged communities in need of assistance. Twenty percent were “green” projects that demonstrate water or energy efficiency or environmental innovation.
All ARRA funded construction is complete and all ARRA funds have been expended. The ARRA funding managed by TWDB was successful by providing improved water resources infrastructure to 45 communities. Many small and rural communities benefited with subsidies to offset some of the capital infrastructure construction costs. Two Texas communities with ARRA projects were recognized nationally by the EPA in 2011.
The City of Austin was presented with the EPA’s 2011 Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) award for the Austin Water Utility Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant project. The TWDB awarded the City of Austin $31.8 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 through the CWSRF. The funds were used to expand and upgrade the plant, as well as to make energy efficiency improvements.
The City of Fort Worth was recognized with the EPA’s 2011 award for Sustainable Public Health Protection for its Village Creek Reclaimed Water Delivery System. The Village Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant will serve as the source of reclaimed water to be used by the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the City of Arlington and the City of Euless. This system will be the first component of the City of Fort Worth's reclaimed water utility. The TWDB awarded the City of Fort Worth $16.3 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the DWSRF.
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Texas Water Project Jobs Funded by ARRA(2009-13)
Job calculations were based on monthly recipient reports about the number of hours worked in a month and funded under the Recovery Act.
*Jobs funded as of June 30, 2013
ARRA Funds Released for Water Projects(2009-13)
*All ARRA Construction funds have been expended
Updated: July 3, 2013