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San Elizario Colonias get running water for the first time

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POSTED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 6:54pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 7:15pm

It's no secret some neighborhoods outside city limits lack basic services like running water.
Nearly 200 families in the San Elizario Colonias are getting running water for the first time.

"When the guys went to turn on my water, I wanted to hug em and kiss them and say oh my god thank you for bringing us the water," said San Eli resident Elvia Romero.

The completion ceremony took place right in front of Alva Renteria's home, one of the first to benefit from the water improvement project.

"It's a sense of security to know that you have water," said Renteria.

Her and her family would have to drive to Clint or Horizon to get water and bring it back home and pour it in a tank behind their house.

"Centipedes, black widows go in there and its very very hot in there. Regardless of what time it is, having to clean it was a hassle," said Renteria.

But that wasn't the biggest problem of all; Alva's home has burned down twice.

"I was looking at my house burn down and there was nothing I could do about it. We had to wait a couple hours for them to get here. Before if your house burnt down, you were screwed. You'd have to rebuild on your own, there was no insurance money because no water means no insurance," said Renteria.

Alva says life at home is now safer and easier.

"We can water the plants whenever, and usually it used to be like we had to take the water out of the tanks outside and carry it to each one of the trees, now we just water with the hose. Knowing that its actual clean water that you're showering with. There's no lizards or anything,” said Renteria.

Now families have hope their town will continue to progress.

"I think this place is gonna grow up a lot," said Romero.

USDA Texas Rural Development provided a $2m loan and a $3.4m grant for construction of the Sandhills Water Improvement Project.
 

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