Grant money will be used to repair damaged reuse lines

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The October 2018 flooding damaged the water reuse lines at the Loop 534 crossing over the Guadalupe River. The aerial utility pipe bridge was constructed earlier in 2018, and the flood event brought massive amounts of debris downstream that washed out the pipes. Since that time, a temporary reuse line was installed to serve the customers across the Guadalupe.

Damaged aerial pipe crossing on the Guadalupe River near Loop 534 (Courtesy: City of Kerrville)

On Tuesday, the City announced that the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved a $1 million disaster recovery grant to finance the planning, acquisition, design, and construction costs associated with the damages.

“The City of Kerrville is very fortunate to be able to take advantage of this TWDB Disaster Recovery Program, which has helped make this a real lemons-to-lemonade type situation. The city intends to leverage these grant dollars to redesign and relocate this water and wastewater infrastructure to the Loop 534 bridge.”

Deputy City Manager E.A. Hoppe, via a statement from City Hall

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 damaged pipes had already been removed at the city’s expense while options were investigated for funding.