Bruni community one step closer to high quality H2O

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Residents in Bruni are one step closer to having clean drinking water thanks to the success of a pilot program to test the arsenic free water.

After the pilot program was completed, all the data gathered was submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also known as the TCEQ.

The next step is the design stage, which is said to be about 95 percent complete.

This means that clean drinking water will be coming sooner for Bruni residents.

Bruni Community Center Director Nelda Cortinas says a long time resident is beyond thrilled that the program was a success and looks forward to having clean water.

Cortinas says, "Here we are to a closer possibility of our wonderful dream of having to be able to open our faucets and good water comes out."

Back in 2016, the City of Bruni was awarded over two million dollars that go toward a microfiltration system to clean out the arsenic levels.

The project will hopefully be complete by the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

Funding for the project comes from a $400,000 county tax abatement, a $242,000 loan from the USDA and a 1.3 million dollar grant from the USDA.