June 23, 2021

Pflugerville to apply for $42 million in WIFIA funds for WTP expansion

In January 2021, the EPA announced that the City of Pflugerville, Texas, had been invited to apply for a loan through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program to expand its existing water treatment plant (WTP). After the City received the green light, Garver assisted with the preparation, coordination, and submission of the WIFIA Application and other required supplemental documentation, which included details regarding the anticipated financing plan, compliance with federal requirements, and general project information.

Now, it’s official: pending approval from the EPA, the city anticipates closing on the loan this winter.

Established by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014, the WIFIA Program has selected 146 projects to apply for the federal loan program since fiscal 2017, with selected borrowers requesting more than $22 billion.

This marks the first time that a water project in Texas has ever been selected for funding directly from the WIFIA program. As one of 55 projects in 20 states selected in fiscal 2020 for the long-term, low-cost supplemental loan program, Pflugerville is applying for $42 million for its WTP expansion that will address the needs of the rapidly-growing community.

“By expanding its water treatment plant, the City of Pflugerville is looking beyond current water supply demands to those of the future,” said Central Texas Water Infrastructure Team Leader Ian Toohey, PE. “And the funding process was just as critical to making this a reality as anything else. We’re proud to work with the City of Pflugerville to help make this a reality, and look forward to continuing to work with them in addressing their future water supply needs.”

By expanding the amount of treated potable water it’s able to process from 17 MGD to 30 MGD by 2023, the plant will be able to meet the rising demand from residential and commercial customers in one of the fastest growing areas in Texas.

To counter this increased strain on public infrastructure, Garver’s experts began by evaluating a set of treatment alternatives that would both support and protect Pflugerville’s water supply. These measures include a retrofit of existing polymeric membranes to a finer pore size within the same basins, increasing capacity without having to add additional membrane trains. This approach was identified as a means to achieve the City’s goals of increasing plant capacity while minimizing the spatial and environmental impacts of the WTP through a compact design.

Letters of interest for the next round of WIFIA funding for fiscal year 2021 are due on July 23.

To learn more about how to pursue this low-cost, extended-term supplemental financing option, start a conversation with Garver Water today.