LCRA awards $7,648 grant to Pontotoc Ranch Fire Association
New water fill station will help fill firetrucks more quickly
Dec. 2, 2020
MASON COUNTY, Texas – A $7,648 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority will help the Pontotoc Ranch Fire Association purchase a new water fill station for the Pontotoc Volunteer Fire Department’s firetrucks.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant will be paired with matching funds of $1,912 from the fire association. The new water station will be able to hold four times more water and fill firetrucks faster than the current outdated station, enabling firefighters to respond to emergencies more quickly.
“The one we have now is small and is insufficient to meet our needs,” said Fire Chief Jody Webster.
“A new water fill station will increase our firefighting capabilities because as our community grows, so does our fire department’s need for more portable water. It’s crucial in protecting our community.”
The new water fill station will be available 24/7 for emergencies within the fire department’s service area, which includes a population of about 1,500 from Mason, Llano, McCulloch and San Saba counties.
“We appreciate this grant because it saves us from having to use money received through donations, which can now be used to meet other needs,” Webster said.
The community grant is one of 27 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in January. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.