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                                                Project ID #
                                                 June 2003

         PROJECT NAME:                   City of Rio Hondo – Water and Wastewater System
         BECC/NADB TEAM                  Arkelao Lopez, BECC Project Manager; NADB Project
         MEMBERS:                        Development Officer
         PROJECT SPONSOR:                City of Rio Hondo
                                         Jose Lopez – City‟s Secretary/Administrator
                                         121 N. Arroyo
                                         P. O. Box 389
                                         Rio Hondo, TX 78583
         BENEFITED                       Entire Community: 1,942 estimated inhabitants
         PROJECT ESTIMATED               $3,824,342 for Water System Improvements and $440,381 for
         COST:                           Wastewater System Improvements; based on a Cost Estimate
                                         supplied by NGE, Inc. on August 1, 2003.
         POTENTIAL FUNDING               BECC/PDAP
         PLAN:                           TWDB-DWSRF

         BECC DATES:                     Application:                    March 13, 2001
                                         Application Response:           April 16, 2001
                                         RAP Kick-off Meeting:           May 21, 2003
                                         Est. Sponsor TA request:        August 7,2003
                                         Est. TA approval date:          September 11, 2003
                                         Est. Certification date:        June 7, 2005

                                     1       GENERAL ASPECTS
1.1      Project Description

1.1.1.   Project Location

         The City of Rio Hondo is located in the far southeastern portion of the State of Texas, in Cameron
         County, approximately 9 miles northeast of the City of Harlingen. The City is approximately 40
         miles north of the U.S./ Mexico Border. Figures 1 and 2 show the general area of Cameron

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         Figure 1: State of Texas                     Figure 2: Texas Counties – Cameron County

1.1.2.   Existing Water System

         The City of Rio Hondo Public Water System Identification Number is 0310006 and the Water
         Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) number is 10549. The City of Rio Hondo Water
         Treatment Plant (WTP) is located on Robertson Street in the eastern side of the City. The WTP
         was designed to have a capacity of 0.842 MGD, and includes a rapid mixer, flocculation basin,
         clarifier chamber with tube settlers, gravity filter, and two high service pumps. Backwash water is
         collected in a decanting basin and the supernatant is recycled to the raw water reservoir. Chlorine
         gas in 150 lb cylinders is used for disinfection purposes. Treated water is stored in two ground
         tanks with a capacity of 214,000 gallons each.

         Original construction of the facility occurred in 1982. In 1994, plant capacity was downgraded to
         0.781 mgd. Reasoning for this downgrade is not clear since, during CP&Y visit to the plant, it
         appears to operate in a satisfactory condition. The facility is well maintained and appears to
         reliably produce water compliant with water quality standards. Equipment was in generally good
         condition with the exception of the surface wash water pump and the secondary containment
         around the bulk chemical tank.

         Two raw water reservoirs are located at the east side of the plant; each reservoir has a capacity of
         3.9 MG. Raw water is obtained from Cameron County Irrigation District 2. The City has 890 acre-
         feet of water rights as shown in the certificate included in Attachment K. In 2002, the City
         pumped 381 acre-feet of raw water from the irrigation district. Therefore, the City currently has
         about 509 acre-feet of additional raw water available for growth.

         An elevated water storage tank is located on Robertson Street, near the water treatment plant. The
         tank was built in 1978 and has a capacity of 150,000 gallons. Two 550-gpm high service pumps
         transfer the treated water from the WTP clearwells to the elevated tank. Corrosion on the exterior
         of the tank is visible. A tank inspection was believed to have occurred in 2000. No records of the
         inspection are available.

         The total storage capacity between the clearwells and the elevated tank is 578,000 gallons.
         According to TCEQ‟s “Minimum Water System Capacity Requirements”, section 290.45, the total
         capacity of the system should be 200 gallons per connection. The City has 940 connections, the
         minimum storage capacity required is 188,000 gal; therefore the City has sufficient storage

         The City currently serves water customers both inside and outside the city limits. Limited water
         service is available west of the Arroyo River due to the expense of constructing large river

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         Current TCEQ outstanding alleged violations are discussed in Section 2.3. A list of the violations,
         and the correspondence between the City and TCEQ are included in Attachment L.

1.1.3.   Existing Wastewater System

         The Wastewater Treatment Plant was built in 1978, and is located on Arroyo Blvd. on the northern
         side of the City. In 1990 the plant was improved from a lagoon process to an activated sludge
         process. The plant has a capacity of 0.8 mgd, from which 50% is currently used, and includes a bar
         screen, an aerated lagoon, clarifier, chlorine contact tank and sludge drying beds. Treated Water is
         discharged in the Arroyo Colorado River.

         The City provides wastewater collection inside and outside the city limits. Most of the systems
         cover the eastern portion of the City. Currently, there is no service to the residents on the west side
         of the river; which are still dependent on septic tanks. Approximately 82 houses are located in this

         The collection system has 111 manholes and 6 lift stations. Each lift station has two pumps with a
         capacity of 300 gpm. At this time, the City is experiencing clogging problems with the 4-inch line
         connected to the lift station serving Rio Hondo High School. This line does not have air relief
         valves, which may be causing the problem.

1.1.4.   Proposed Water Improvements

         Based on TCEQ‟s Minimum Water System Requirements, the treatment plant capacity under
         normal flow shall be 0.6 gpm per connection. For the existing 940 connections the plant must have
         a minimum capacity of 0.812 mgd, which is greater than the current permitted capacity of 0.781

         The City proposes abandoning the existing Water Treatment Plant and building a new plant on the
         same property. The proposed WTP will be a Claricone TM with a capacity of 1.8 MGD. CP&Y is
         of the opinion that the existing plant is in good condition and has a reasonable useful life
         remaining. CP&Y recommends that the City perform a detailed study to evaluate both technical
         and economical considerations of the following alternatives:

                  1)       Continued use of the existing WTP and construction of an additional 1 mgd train
                           using technology similar to the existing WTP. The new plant expansion can be
                           built in two phases of 0.5 mgd each, since the total capacity of 1.8 mgd is for a
                           twenty-year population projection.

                  2)       Continued use of the existing WTP and construction of an additional 1 mgd train
                           using Claricone technology.

                  3)       Abandonment of the existing WTP and construction of a 1.8 mgd train using
                           technology similar to the existing WTP and constructed in phases.

                  4)       Abandonment of the existing WTP and construction of a 1.8 mgd train using
                           Claricone technology and constructed in phases.

                  5)       Construction of a new 12” line to serve the west part of the city crossing the
                           Arroyo Colorado River.

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         Although in generally good condition, the following repairs to the existing WTP are

                  1)       Replace the surface wash pump for the filters.

                  2)       Repair the hole in the bulk chemical secondary containment system.

         The City has indicated that the chlorination system will be modified to use 1-ton chlorine
         cylinders when the WTP is expanded to 1.8 mgd. This modification will require construction of
         new chlorine feed facility with either secondary containment of the cylinders or a caustic scrubber.
         The facility will also need to develop an Emergency Response Plan that complies with EPA

         To comply with new TCEQ regulations, the City is including in the proposed improvements an
         ammonia storage and feed system. This will enable the City to use chloramines instead of free
         chlorine for the chlorine residual in the distribution system.

         The City has 890 acre-ft in water rights, which is equivalent to an annual average raw water-
         pumping rate of 0.8 mgd. In 2002, the City pumped 381 acre-feet. Approximately 500 acre-ft are
         remaining for future growth. CP&Y recommends further study to determine if additional water
         rights may be necessary in the future, considering that current water rights are less than half the
         capacity of the proposed WTP.

1.1.5.   Proposed Wastewater Improvements

         Proposed improvements by the City to the wastewater collection system include:

                  1)       Replacement of a 6-inch line with a 10-inch on Miramar Street, along the alley
                           between Mesquite and Medero streets,

                  2)       Replacement of a 6-inch line with an 8-inch line in the alley between Colorado
                           Avenue and Paloma Avenue, and

                  3)       Construction of a new 10-inch collection line to serve the west portion of the
                           City. This line would require a crossing of the Arroyo Colorado River and a lift
                           station. The river crossing will be about 500 ft. Approximately 82 connections
                           will be installed.

                  4)       Construction of a new 10-inch collection line to serve about 167 homes recently
                           annexed, which are currently using septic tanks.

         Improvements to the collection are recommended to prevent potential sanitary sewer overflows
         and to reduce the number of homes currently using septic systems. Implementation of proposed
         improvements would increase influent flow to the WWTP by 0.1 mgd.

         The current influent flow to the WWTP is 0.4 MGD, 50% of the total plant capacity. TCEQ
         requires planning for a future expansion when the facility reaches about 75% of its permitted flow.
         To reach 75% of the plant treatment capacity, 500 connections can be added, assuming an average
         collection of 100 gpd per connection and 4 inhabitants per household. Estimated connections

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       needed at the west side of the river and the newly annexed area, are approximately 249. Therefore,
       plant expansion does not appear necessary at this time.

1.2    Project sponsor profile and previous relationship with BECC and other agencies

       The City of Rio Hondo is the project sponsor and legal utility provider responsible for the
       planning, construction and operation of the water systems. As the legal authority, the City has
       established service rules and regulations concerning the utility service, rates and service fees. In
       2002, the City had 940 (sprinklers connections are joint with the residential accounts) water
       accounts allocated, and 697 sewer connections as indicated on the following tables:

               Table 1: Number of Connections and Minimum Monthly Water Bill in 2002
               Water Service          Number of             Minimum Monthly           Minimum Annual
                                      Connections                 Bill                     Bill
            Inside City Limits
                  Residential              555                    $14.00                   $168.00
                 Commercial                75                     $15.00                   $180.00
                   Sprinkler                9                     $12.00                   $144.00
                Multi-housing              295                    $12.00                   $144.00
            Outside City Limits
                  Residential              15                     $28.00                   $336.00
                 Commercial                 -                     $30.00                   $360.00
                Multi-housing               -                     $24.00                   $288.00

            Table 2: Number of Connections and Minimum Monthly Wastewater Bill in 2002
               Sewer Service          Number of             Minimum Monthly           Minimum Annual
                                      Connections                 Bill                     Bill
            Inside City Limits
                  Residential              494                    $15.00                   $180.00
                 Commercial                63                     $22.50                   $270.00
                Multi-housing              134                    $15.00                   $180.00
            Outside City Limits
                  Residential               4                     $30.00                   $360.00
                 Commercial                 2                     $45.00                   $540.00
                Multi-housing               -                     $30.00                   $360.00

       The City manages the operation and maintenance of the systems with a staff of 7 employees, 4 of
       which are certified water operators, and 2 wastewater certified operators.

       On March 11, 2003, the City submitted the “FY 2004 Water Intended Use Plan Worksheet” to be
       considered for inclusion in the 2004 DWSRF. Application form is included in Attachment K –
       Additional Information.

1.3    Prior studies by sponsor for project development

       In 1981, the City retained Neptune-Wilkinson and Associates to prepare “A Partial Determination
       of the City needs of Potable Water” In 1986, Carlos Colinas Vargas and Associates prepared “A
       Comprehensive Planning Study” of the system. In March 2001, Ricardo Gomez & Associates
       (RGA), in association with Guzman & Muñoz, Engineering and Surveying, Inc., prepared a
       “Comprehensive Planning Study” for the water and wastewater systems of the city. This study
       partially discusses the water and wastewater systems improvements currently proposed. RGA in
       association with Noe Garza Engineers, Inc. (NGE) are currently reviewing and updating the
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       Comprehensive Study to address all the systems improvements. In November 2002, MGM
       Engineering Group prepared a “Water System Compliance Plan” submitted to the Texas
       Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

1.4    Demographic and socioeconomic indicators

       U.S. Census Bureau demographic data and socioeconomic indicators for the City of Rio Hondo in
       the year 2000 are listed in the following table. The TCEQ Public Water Systems Details/Data
       Sheet for the City of Rio Hondo (Attachment K) shows a population count of 1,935 and a total of
       940 connections, from which 555 are residential. Population growth rates are calculated from the
       1990 Census and 2000 Census data.

               Description                                           Number               Percentage

       Current Population                                             1,942
       Population Growth Rate (1990-2000)                                                     4
       Unemployment Rate (Labor Market Information 2002,                                     10.1
       Texas Workforce Commission, Austin, TX)
       (Unemployment rate U.S. Census)                                                         5
       Education level:
       Persons 25 years and older                                     1,099
       Less than 9th grade                                             339                   30.8
       9th to 12th grade, no diploma                                   231                    21
       High school graduate (includes equivalency)                     225                   20.5
       Some college, no degree                                         201                   18.3
       Associate degree                                                 34                    3.1
       Bachelor‟s degree                                                49                    4.5
       Graduate or professional degree                                  20                    1.8

       Median household income: 2000 Census                          $26,250
       Population living below the poverty line: 2000 Census
       Families                                                        123                   25.7
       Families with female householder, no husband present             35                   42.7
       Individuals                                                     543                   28.8

       Economic activity:
       Employment by economic activity
       Employed civilian population 16 years and older                 679                   50.1
       Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and mining               21                    3.4
       Construction                                                     50                    8.2
       Manufacturing                                                    54                    8.8
       Wholesale trade                                                  18                    2.9
       Retail trade                                                     61                    10
       Transportation, warehousing and utilities                        22                    3.6
       Information                                                      12                     2
       Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing              14                    2.3
       Professional, scientific, management, administration             24                    3.9
       and waste management services
       Educational, health and social services                         213                   34.9
       Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and               56                    9.2
       food services
       Other services (except public administration)                   28                     4.6
       Public administration                                           38                     6.2

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       Class of worker:
       Private wage and salary workers                                                421                   68.9
       Government workers                                                             149                   24.4
       Self-employed workers in own not incorporated                                   41                    6.7
       Unpaid family workers                                                           0                      0

       Note: All information above was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of the Census


2.1    Human Health indicators

       Improvements to the City‟s water systems would ameliorate several human health and
       environmental concerns of the service area. The limitations of the existing system may endanger
       the health and safety of the residents. Failure of these systems could represent an important public
       risk. Therefore, proposed improvements would improve public health protection by reducing
       potential health risks.

       Although there are no specific statistics on water borne diseases for the City of Rio Hondo service
       area, the following data was obtained from the cases reported to the Texas Department of Health
       for the Cameron County and the State of Texas. Numbers of cases are shown on the tables below,
       for information purposes only. There has been no analysis to determine whether these incidence
       rates are statistically significant, nor has it been determined that the incidence of these diseases is
       related to drinking water supply.

Table 2: Cases of Campylobacteriosis, Cryptosporidiosis and Amebiasis in 1999 in Cameron County
                          Year                      Disease Case                Cameron County
                                                                              (per 100,000 people)
                          1999                  Campylobacteriosis                     28
                                                 Cryptosporidiosis                  No data
                                                    Amebiasis                           0

       Table 3: Cases of Campylobacteriosis, Cryptosporidiosis and Amebiasis in the State of Texas
                          Year                    Disease Case                       Total Cases
                          1999                  Campylobacteriosis                      1153
                                                 Cryptosporidiosis                       69
                                                    Amebiasis                            37
                          1998                  Campylobacteriosis                      881
                                                 Cryptosporidiosis                      906
                                                    Amebiasis                            75
                          1997                  Campylobacteriosis                      981
                                                 Cryptosporidiosis                       43
                                                    Amebiasis                           153

       TCEQ also noted that although overall cases, in the state of Texas, of Hepatitis A (HAV) have
       decreased in the last 12 years, HAV incidence rate for 13 border counties with Mexico is still
       twice the statewide incidence rate per 100,000 people. The source of these incidences is attributed

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       to discharges of raw sewage to surface watercourses along the border between Mexico and the

       It should be noted, however, that some cases of water borne or other diseases in this region might
       not have been reported to proper U.S. agencies as patients seek medical services from across the
       border in Mexico, where medicine and antibiotics are cheaper and readily available.

2.2    Environmental indicators

       The failure to meet the minimum system capacity requirements may have an environmental effect
       within the area of concern. Another important factors that can be identified as human health and
       environmental problems to the community are undersized treatment facilities, clogging pipelines,
       and infiltration in pipes.

       The proposed project would bring positive improvements to the general environment of the City
       by reducing environmental effects that can be caused by deficiencies. Depending on the
       alternatives for improvements to the wastewater treatment and collection systems, permitting may
       be needed.

2.3    Compliance with environmental norms and regulations including violations

       Several Outstanding Alleged Violations were issued on January 31, 2002, regarding the following
       issues: 1) failure to meet the Minimum Water System Capacity Requirements, 2) failure to provide
       a raw water pump capacity of 0.6 gpm per connection with the largest pump out of service, 3)
       failure to provide sufficient plant capacity to accommodate the maximum daily usage of the
       system, 4) failure to provide 2 or more pumps with a total capacity of 2.0 gpm per connection, or a
       total capacity of 1,000 gpm, and be able to meet peak hourly flow demands with the largest pump
       out of service, 5) failure to submit to the executive director a planning report that explains how the
       public utility will provide the expected service demands, 6) failure to complete a customer service
       inspection (CSI), and 7) failure to initiate a maintenance program to ensure the reliability of the
       system‟s facilities and equipment. The City resolved violations number 6 and 7 on April 22, 2002.

       A plan for the remediation of alleged violations was proposed to TCEQ on November 2002. The
       list of compliance options included: add supplemental capacity to existing plant, and construct an
       additional WTP. The plan was accepted by TCEQ on December 30, 2002. Water Compliance Plan
       included in Attachment K.

2.4    BECC Criteria Compliance Strategy

       The following issues need to be address by the City of Rio Hondo:

                   Research and provide evidence for the conditions of the existing individual on-site
                    water and wastewater systems. Discuss the risks associated with these individual
                    systems and the proximity to the Arroyo Colorado River.
                   Discuss the geotechnical conditions and the potential degree of percolation.
                   Document quality of Arroyo Colorado and impacts on ground water sourced by
                    individual systems.
                   Describe the risks of not providing redundancy of the water service lines crossing the
                   Describe the environmental and human health threats with an undersized WTP and
                    the clogging/infiltration conditions in wastewater collection system.

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3.1    Project Objectives

       The principal objective of this project is to provide corrections to inadequacies and outstanding
       alleged violations of the existing facilities and comply with the water treatment requirements.

       Secondary objectives include connecting additional residences to the water and wastewater
       treatment system. Those not connected to the City‟s collection system are using septic systems.

       CP&Y recommended to combine efforts for the water and wastewater system improvements, to
       better address the community necessities.

3.2    Technical Approach*

       The City of Rio Hondo will need Technical Assistance to develop all the documents needed to
       implement the project. These documents include a Quality Assurance Project Plan, which must be
       approved by the EPA before the subsequent documents can be begun. Subsequent documents
       include complete Facility Planning documents and an Environmental Assessment for the
       collection system improvements, potable water treatment facilities, and distributions system
       upgrades. A Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) will be required to develop alternatives and
       provide recommendations. A Financial Analysis, and a Public Participation Program for the entire
       project will be developed. The format of the documents should be coordinated to satisfy the
       requirements of the different funding agencies that will be involved in these projects.

       The Sustainable Development workshops will be completed during the facility-planning phase of
       the project. In addition, a steering committee should be formed to review the results of the RAP in
       order to begin implementation of the Sustainable Development Methodology approved by BECC
       Board of Directors.

       Engineering designs and Project Certification Document are required for BEIF funding. The City
       also requires Technical Assistance to develop O&M Plans for the new facilities, and a current
       Water Conservation Plan.

       *Section will be updated upon receipt of agency comments.

3.3    Identified potential construction funding sources*

       Potential construction funding sources for the proposed improvements to the City may include the
       United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), the
       North American Development Bank (NADB), Rural Water Assistance Program (RWA), and the
       Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC).

       Financial assistance from the USDA may be available for the proposed project, since USDA‟s
       programs are generally tailored for rural areas with populations of less than 10,000. The City has
       approached the USDA for additional funding for the proposed project. Application form is
       included in Attachment K.

       The Environmental Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) funds are available to colonias. EDAP
       funding is available for on-site systems and other wastewater treatment works. Funding from this
       program is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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         BECC participation can be done through the Project Development Assistance Program (PDAP)
         based on the technical assistance needed for this project. BECC was approached by the City
         through the STEP I application process to provide financial assistance for this project. NADB
         participation may be available through the Border Environmental Infrastructure Fund (BEIF) and
         Loan & Guarantee Programs. A rate study and additional capacity building tasks may also be
         funded through the Institutional Development Cooperation Program (IDP).

         *Section will be updated upon receipt of agency comments.

3.4      Project sponsor financial potential

         The City of Rio Hondo manages the operation and the maintenance of the water and wastewater
         systems with a total of 7 employees. The City provides potable water to 940 connections and
         sewer services to 697 connections at an average monthly bill of $50.00, from which $11.00 are for
         solid waste collection services.

         The fiscal year for the City is from January 1st to December 31 st of each year. Available financial
         statements of the City are provided in Attachment K.

         The City of Rio Hondo maintains an Enterprise Fund for water, sewer, and solid waste, which is
         intended to be self-supporting through user fees charged to the citizens for the services. Financial
         segment information is presented below.

                         Table 4: Revenues and Expenditures Summary for 2002
                                 Primary Government                           Component Units
                                   Water,                    Rio Hondo      Rio Hondo
                                 sewer and                   Industrial    Community
                                  garbage                   Development    Development
                                  systems        Total       Corp., Inc.    Corp., Inc.    Total         Total
      Operating Revenues        $520,874       $520,874       $23,858       $23,858       $47,715      $568,589
      Depreciation              $109,139       $109,139          -             -             -         $109,139
      Operating income          ($27,801)      ($27,801)      $22,233       $22,233       $44,465       $16,664
      Operating grants,              -             -              -             -            -             -
      entitlements, and
      shared revenues
      Net income (loss)         ($51,190)      ($51,190)      $22,233       $22,233       $44,465      ($6,725)
      Current Capital               -              -             -             -             -             -
      Fixed assets addition      $16,450        $16,450          -             -             -          $16,450
      Net working capital       $225,022       $225,022       $34,745       $34,745       $69,489      $294,511
      Total assets             $2,844,955     $2,844,955      $34,745       $34,745       $69,489     $2,914,444
      Long-term liabilities     $523,000       $523,000          -             -             -         $523,000
      payable from operating
      Total equity             $2,299,168     $2,299,168      $34,745       $34,745       $69,489     $2,368,657

         The financial segment information for the years 2001 and 2000 is on Attachment K section f.

         The billing collection efficiency of the City‟s water system is 99 percent.

        The City‟s current rate structure is shown below. The water and sewer rate structure was approved
        as of January 8, 2002 by Ordinance #307. The sewer rates are based on monthly average usage.
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                         Table 5: Current Water Rates Inside City Limits
             Water Rates                 Quantity in gallons                    Amount
     $400.00 Installation Fee               Up to 8,000 gal              $14.00 (minimum chg)
     (3/4”meter)                                                      $1.50 per additional thousand
     $10.00 Service Charge
      Deposit $50.00 (3/4” meter)
     Sprinkler                              Up to 5,000 gal                $12.00 (minimum chg)
                                                                             $1.50 per thousand

     Commercial                             Up to 3,000 gal                $15.00 (minimum chg)
     Deposit $65.00 (3/4” meter)                                             $1.50 per thousand

     Multi-housing                          Up to 7,000 gal                $12.00 (minimum chg)
     Deposit $50.00 (3/4” meter)                                             $1.50 per thousand

                        Table 6: Current Water Rates Outside City Limits
             Water Rates                 Quantity in gallons                    Amount
     $400.00 Installation Fee               Up to 8,000 gal              $28.00 (minimum chg)
     (3/4”meter)                                                      $3.00 per additional thousand
     $10.00 Service Charge
      Deposit $50.00 (3/4” meter)
     Commercial                             Up to 3,000 gal                $30.00 (minimum chg)
     Deposit $65.00 (3/4” meter)                                             $3.00 per thousand

     Multi-housing                          Up to 7,000 gal                $24.00 (minimum chg)
     Deposit $50.00 (3/4” meter)                                             $3.00 per thousand

                         Table 7: Current Sewer Rates Inside City Limits
             Sewer Rates                 Quantity in gallons                    Amount
     $450.00 New Service (4” tap)           Up to 2,000 gal              $15.00 (minimum chg)
     $25.00 Deposit                                                   $1.25 per additional thousand

     Commercial                             Up to 2,000 gal                $22.50 (minimum chg)
     $30.00 Deposit                                                          $1.25 per thousand

     Multi-housing                          Up to 2,000 gal                $15.00 (minimum chg)
     $25.00 Deposit                                                          $1.25 per thousand

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                           Table 8: Current Sewer Rates Outside City Limits
              Sewer Rates                    Quantity in gallons                       Amount
      $450.00 New Service (4” tap)              Up to 2,000 gal                  $30.00 (minimum chg)
      $25.00 Deposit                                                          $1.25 per additional thousand

      Commercial                                Up to 2,000 gal                  $45.00 (minimum chg)
      $30.00 Deposit                                                               $1.25 per thousand

      Multi-housing                             Up to 2,000 gal                  $30.00 (minimum chg)
      $25.00 Deposit                                                               $1.25 per thousand

3.5     Project Schedule

        The tentative date for the request for Technical Assistance by the project sponsor is August 2003.
        The Technical Assistance Process would take approximately 43 days to complete. Therefore, the
        project Certification may take place in the second quarter of 2005. A project schedule indicating
        the main milestones is presented below. A more detailed certification schedule is included in this
        report as Attachment B.

                       Table 7: Project Schedule Indicating the Main Milestones

                               Task Name                  Duration    Start         Finish
                                                          36 days    3/13/03        5/1/03
                       Application Process
                                                          59 days    5/19/03        8/7/03
                       Rapid Assessment Process
                                                          43 days     8/8/03        10/7/03
                       Technical Assistance Process
                                                          496 days    8/8/03        7/1/05
                       Project Development Process
                                                          313 days   4/21/04        7/1/05
                          Project Design Process *
                                                         39 days     4/22/05    6/15/05
                       BECC Certification Process
                       * This Task is included in the Project development Process.

3.6     PDAP eligibility criteria

        As part of the Technical Assistance Program Procedures for Project Development Assistance
        Program (PDAP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the 2001 Grant Assistance
        Agreement developed certain eligibility criteria. Grant Funds can be available to communities
        upon completion of a specific application procedure and compliance with the following PDAP
        eligibility criteria:

                Financial strategy for the entire project                                    Yes
                Project sponsor awareness of technical aspects of project                    Yes
                Project sponsor has provided demonstration of documentation                  Yes
                support for the project
                BEIF financing eligible                                                      Yes
                C.N.A. and/or state/local gov. support, for projects in Mexico               N/A
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               Funds allocated on a per task basis                                           Yes
               Project coordination with all government agencies involved                    Yes
               Value engineering as required under BEIF program                              Yes

       The proposed project meets all necessary PDAP eligibility criteria. A copy of PDAP eligibility
       criteria for the proposed project is provided in this report as Attachment G.

3.7    BEIF eligibility criteria

               Project located within 100 km of the border                                   Yes
               Project addresses a human health and/or ecological issue                      Yes
               Project provides U.S. side benefits                                           Yes
               Project scope entails community infrastructure in W/WW                        Yes
               Project sponsor to pursue Certification of Project                            Yes
               Drinking water project – quality of water only, not raw water                 Yes
               Project has a funding strategy with funding sources identified                Yes
               Project that discharges into U.S. side waters to target US                    Yes
               Payment and benefit to public entity only not private sector                  Yes
               For final design must meet eligibility requirements
               Colonia project, after 06-01-01, eligibility based on                         Yes
               established enforceable ordinances preventing exacerbation or
               new „colonias‟

       The preliminary assessment suggests the proposed project meets all necessary BEIF eligibility
       criteria. A copy of the BEIF eligibility criteria for the proposed project is provided in this report as
       Attachment G.

3.8    Preliminary perspective from NADB and other relevant agencies*

       The project as proposed and evaluated is eligible for PDAP funding through the BECC. A
       Technical Assistance award recommendation will be made at the conclusion of the Rapid
       Assessment Process.

       An initial analysis of the proposed project in regard to BEIF eligibility criteria provides a sense
       that the project may be eligible for this program. Because the BEIF grants are available only as a
       “funding of last resort” and only as an opportunity to make a project affordable to the community,
       the project will need to be presented to the North American Development Bank (NADB) after a
       total funding package is secured for the project using other grant and loan sources. An
       affordability analysis will be completed to determine any participation with BEIF grants including
       construction, hook-up and transition support. Loan assistance can be available for construction
       and potential support may be provided by the IDCP for completion of a rate study and other
       institutional capacity building needs.

       Because the project will address nearby colonias, this project may be eligible for EDAP funding
       through TWDB. Should the community be interested in seeking either SRF loan program, the
       project must be submitted for acceptance on a Priority List. Dfund II loan funding would also be
       available for this project.

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       *Section will be updated upon receipt of agency comments.

3.9    TA Tasks*

                    1)   Complete Facility Planning
                    2)   Quality Assurance Project Plan - TBD
                    3)   Develop Preliminary Engineering Report - TBD
                    4)   Financial Analysis
                    5)   Public Participation Program
                    6)   Environmental Assessment
                    7)   Preliminary and Final Engineering Designs
                    8)   O&M Plans

       *Section will be updated upon receipt of agency comments.

3.10   Institutional capacity building needs*

       The Frank M. Tejeda Center has conducted an Institutional Capacity Needs Assessment with the
       City of Rio Hondo. The City‟s staff was interviewed and a report describing the results had been
       prepared (see Attachment N). Institutional capacity assistance include funding for the
       development of a Capital Improvement Plan, technical assistance funds for the development of a
       management study, and advice on regulatory compliance issues.

       *Section will be updated upon receipt of agency comments.

3.11   Potential obstacles to meet objectives

       The submittal of the Preliminary Engineering Report (PER), required by USDA, may present a
       potential obstacle to obtain the financing, since this report has not been finished. Is very important
       to the City obtained the financing needed to start this project, upgrade their system to required
       standards and comply with TCEQ requirements.

                                4      PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

4.1    Identification of main stakeholders

       The main stakeholders for the proposed project are as follows: The City of Rio Hondo, the
       surrounding communities and colonias and the residents of each, Texas Water Development Board
       (TWDB), North American Development Bank (NADB), Border Environment Cooperation
       Commission (BECC), Frank M. Tejeda Center, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
       (TCEQ), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Texas Secretary of State
       office (SOS). The project sponsor was encouraged to develop a list of potential steering committee
       members to be delivered to the BECC prior to the completion of the Rapid Assessment Process.

4.2    Local Politics

       A mayor and 5 Commissioners govern The City of Rio Hondo. Elections take place every year,
       for a two-year term. There are no term limits. The board consists of a President, Vice President,
       Secretary-Treasurer, and other appointed officers amongst the board members as established by
       the By-Laws.

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        Additional documented support will be requested at the conclusion of the RAP, including approval
        of the PSP, request of specific TA, and commitment to pursue certification.

4.3     Public issues

        The City of Rio Hondo informed the BECC that they do not foresee any obstacles at this time for
        the implementation of this project and no obstacles are anticipated to meet the proposed project

        This project will require developing a strategy for implementing public participation efforts
        appropriate to gain understanding and support in the community served by the City. Preparation of
        documents and presentations, which will describe technical and financial aspects of the project,
        should consider important indicators provided in the demographic statistics such as 21%of the
        adult population over 25 have a high school or less educational level, 5% unemployment rate,
        close to one quarter of the families living below the poverty rate and median household income of
        under $27 thousand. Keeping in mind these indicators and other community characteristics will
        assist the steering Committee to implement a suitable public participation program.

        In an effort to prepare for the public participation activities, the following information was
        obtained specific to the City. Local media includes:

                     The Brownsville Herald
                     The Monitor
                     Valley Morning Star
                     Los Fresnos News (biweekly)
                     San Benito News (biweekly)
                     Major Network Television Stations, NBC, Univision, Telemundo
                     Time Warner Cable
                     Spanish and English area AM & FM radio stations

        Local organizations include:

                     Rio Grande Valley Community Center
                     Rio Hondo ISD
                     American Legion
                     Amigos Del Valle, Inc
                     Valley Interfaith
                     Texas A&M Colonias Program (Edinburg)
                     Cameron County Irrigation District #2

                             5     SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

5.1     Minimum criteria requirements

        During a meeting that was held on May 22, 2003 at The City Hall of Rio Hondo, the BECC
        representative briefly discussed the importance and commitment needed to comply with all
        applicable minimum sustainable development criteria. The basis for requiring sustainable
        development are developed from the La Paz Agreement between the United States and Mexico in
        1983, for the protection and improvement of the environment in the border area. It was further
        explained that the items included, as minimum criteria, may exist today, like community
        involvement; but are likely items such as stakeholder meetings that must be addressed during the
        project development. The purpose of presenting these, at this stage, is to prepare the Technical
        Assistance needs, like Public Participation programs, with these tasks incorporated in the project
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       development tasks. The City made a commitment that they will comply with applicable BECC
       requirements for this project.

       There are 14 minimum requirements for compliance with BECC‟s sustainable development
       criteria. The first, second and sixth requirements have been addressed in the Strategic Plan. All
       other requirements will be undertaken with subsequent studies and planning efforts. The first
       requirement, to encourage community participation and development, mandates two stakeholder
       workshops, and these are included in the project schedule. The second requirement is to follow
       the BECC Guidelines for sustainable development criteria, which will be accomplished through
       the use of worksheets during the technical studies phase. The third requirement addresses energy
       usage and conservation for the project. For the fourth requirement, the project sponsor must show
       capability for long-term operations and maintenance of the funded improvements. The fifth
       requirement addresses the ability of the sponsor and the represented community to afford the
       improvements requested. The sixth requirement addresses the ability of the sponsor and the
       represented community to afford the subsequent cost of operations and maintenance of the funded
       improvements, including recommendations for institutional strengthening from the Frank M.
       Tejeda Center. The requirement of the seventh item is to promote a steering committee to
       facilitate community awareness. For this project, which contains water system improvements, the
       eighth requirement mandates that a water usage assessment be developed, and the ninth
       requirement sets forth the need to determine staffing levels and staff training. The tenth
       requirement, for the water distribution and wastewater collection portions of this project, requires
       that treatment plant capacity must already be in place or planned. For upgrades to the treatment
       plant and pump stations, the eleventh requirement is to conduct an interview with the supervising
       operator prior to completion of 30% design. The twelfth requirement for industrial pretreatment
       prior to wastewater treatment does not apply to this project, nor do requirements thirteen and
       fourteen that address solid waste projects.

       A preliminary response to these minimum requirements for project compliance with BECC‟s
       sustainable development criteria is included in this report as Attachment H

5.2    Water service indicators

       The water service baseline indicators are included in this report as Attachment D to assist the
       sponsor and the consultants in properly identifying all factors for the proposed infrastructure in the
       region served by the City. Some of the main water service indicators include:

                   Water sources: surface
                   Volume of water withdrawals: 381 acre-ft
                   Volume of approved water rights: 890 acre-feet per year.
                   Average water consumption: 98 gal/inhabitant/day
                   Treated water storage capacity: 578,000 gal
                   Actual water treatment capacity: 0.78 MGD

5.3    Sewer service indicators

       The sewer service baseline indicators are included in this report as Attachment E to assist the
       sponsor and the consultants in properly identifying all factors for the proposed infrastructure in the
       region served by the City. Some of the main sewer service indicators include:

                   Percent of served population: 94%
                   Number of connections: 697
                   Trained certified operators: 2
                   O&M problems: clogging, infiltration in clay pipes
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5.4    Wastewater service indicators

       The wastewater service baseline indicators are included in this report as Attachment F to assist the
       sponsor and the consultants in properly identifying all factors for the proposed infrastructure in the
       region served by the City of Rio Hondo. Some of the main wastewater service indicators include:

                   Actual treatment capacity: 0.8 MGD
                   Percent of generated wastewater within the City that is collected: 67% (estimated)
                   Percent of collected wastewater that is treated: 87 percent

                     6      RECORD OF PROJECT COORDINATION

6.1    Intergovernmental review*

       Additional agency comments will be presented pending their review and comments.

       *Section will be updated upon receipt of agency comments.

6.2    Summary of project meetings held with project sponsor

       On May 22, 2003, the first Rapid Assessment Coordination Meeting with the sponsor took place at
       the city Hall of Rio Hondo. During this meeting the attendees were as follows:

                   Santiago Saldaña – Mayor City of Rio Hondo - (956) 748-4727
                   Jose Lopez – City of Rio Hondo – (956) 748-0268
                   Joe Ramos – City of Rio Hondo – (956) 245-5198
                   Enrique Tello – City of Rio Hondo – (956) 789-3913
                   Enriqueta Caballero - Office of the Secretary of State - (956) 423-0761
                   Richard LeFevre - Frank M. Tejeda Center - (956) 825-9158
                   Renata Manning-Gbogbo - BECC - (011 52 656) 688-4614
                   Ricardo Gomez – RGA Consultants - (956) 739-3213
                   Noe Garza– NGE, Inc. – (956) 783-1207
                   Michael F. Graves - Chiang, Patel & Yerby, Inc. (CP&Y) - (817) 354-0189
                   Aliza Caraballo - Chiang, Patel & Yerby, Inc.

       The minutes of the meetings are included in this report as Attachment A.

       The coordination meeting followed a basic agenda addressing each of the following items:

                    1) Introduction
                    2) Meeting Objectives
                        a) BECC Participation
                        b) RAP Purpose and Development
                        c) Typical Project Schedule
                    3) BECC Participation and Rapid Assessment Process
                    4) Project Description
                    5) Project Sponsor Profile
                    6) Environmental and Human Health Indicators
                    7) Baseline Conditions
                    8) Technical and Financial Aspects
                    9) Sustainable Development Criteria
                    10) Public Participation
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                   11) Technical Assistance Needs
                   12) Project Schedule
                   13) Action Items Wrap-up

6.3    Schedule of meetings with sponsors or state agencies

       Future meetings with sponsor and/or state agencies will include, but not be limited to a BECC
       Transition Meeting. This meeting is scheduled for August 7, 2003, at the BECC offices in Ciudad
       Juarez, Mexico.

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   A.   Minutes of the Meeting with the Project‟s Sponsor
   B.   Project Certification Schedule
   C.   Photographic Report
   D.   Water Service Indicators
   E.   Sewer Service Indicators
   F.   Wastewater Service Indicators
   G.   BEIF and PDAP Eligibility Criteria
   H.   BECC Sustainable Development Criteria
   I.   List of Existing Reports and Studies
   J.   Regional Location Plan
   K.   Additional Information
             a. City‟s Organizational Chart
             b. TCEQ Data Sheet
             c. Water Rights Certificate
             d. DWSRF Application Form
             e. Water Compliance Plan
             f. Financial Statements
   L.   Summary of TCEQ Violations
   M.   Action Item List
   N.   Frank M. Tejeda Center Institutional Capacity Report
   O.   List of Potential Steering Committee Members
   P.   Stakeholders Meeting Project Presentation

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