City forgoes issuing debt for groundwater system

After months seeking affordable land for drilling water wells, the Cameron City Council has decided not to pursue a plan to switch the city’s water system to ground water - and concentrate on upgrading the aging distribution system and water lines.
The council voted this week to forego issuing $3.8 million in certificates of obligation and the city will send a letter to the Texas Water Development Board returning loan finds earmarked for the project that included wells and a new water plant.
“The council just could not find land (with water rights) for a well that we felt was affordable and would allow us to pay back the debt,” City Manager Rhett Parker said.
He added the council felt the city should focus on improving the aging distribution system that has been plagued with water line breaks and leaks.
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