Groundbreaking on Phase Two of the Mary Eleanor/Mary Francis Sewer Project took place on Thursday, April 25, continuing an extensive water and sewer project that will benefit 200 residents of East Aldine.
Dignitaries including Commissioner Jack Morman, Precinct 2, members of the East Aldine Board of Directors, staff from the offices of Rep. Armando Walle Office and Senator Sylvia Garcia Office, and the Board Directors of Sunbelt Fresh Water Supply District were on hand for the groundbreaking. Officials from Harris County Community Services and the Public Infrastructure Department, as well as the construction contractor Reliance Construction, were also on hand. The groundbreaking took place at the corner of Bertrand and Rechelle.
Funding came from a $1.19 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant, and the balance came from the East Aldine Management District in the form of leveraging funds.
The new lift station and sanitary sewer collection system will alleviate health issues arising from the septic tank systems currently used to manage waste in the community that have contributed to higher bacteria counts in Halls Bayou, as monitored by the Houston-Galveston Area Council.
“The Number One priority is public health. This project takes away the issue of failing septic systems that have been a threat to children who play nearby,” said Scott Bean, director of infrastructure for the East Aldine Management District. “It’s also a big plus for homeowners in the District and for water quality downstream.” Phase One of the project, serving 50 homes, began in June.