The next step in the completion of the Collin Grayson Municipal Alliance water line was taken this week as the Texas Water Development Board approved $485,000 in financial assistance to the Greater Texoma Utility Authority (GTUA) to finance Van Alstyne’s water supply project. GTUA applied for assistance on behalf of Van Alstyne.
The money comes from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to address design and planning costs of a connection to the Collin-Grayson Municipal Alliance (CGMA) line, providing additional water supplies to Van Alstyne.
The wheels were set in motion back in August as GTUA briefed the Van Alstyne City Council on the steps necessary to gain TWDB assistance. Council then authorized City Manager Frank Baker to award contracts for bond counsel, engineering and a financial advisor for clean water funds. In January, Council authorized Baker to award contracts for bond counsel, engineering and a financial advisor for drinking water funds.
The CGMA water line will be the source of water in the future for Van Alstyne as the population increases and the current wells’ ability to source the city’s water diminishes. The CGMA water will come from Lake Lavon in Collin County. The city currently pays $161,000 for the CGMA line even though it doesn’t pull any water from the source.
The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the State Water Plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.