Colonias residents learn how to purify water at two new facilities

Colonias residents learn to purify water at two new facilities

posted March 24, 2015
Residents of Texas colonias, border communities often lacking basic infrastructure and amenities such as running water, are learning how to purify water using clay pot filters manufactured at two facilities operated by the Texas A&M Colonias Program.
Students seek votes for Big Idea, outreach project in Texas colonia

Votes sought for student project in Texas colonias

posted April 30, 2014
A group of students is seeking votes for a video detailing their proposal to partner with a nonprofit organization in the Rio Grande Valley with the aim of improving the fortunes of colonias residents — the group’s entry in the Big Ideas at Berkeley contest.
Computers to provide colonias residents with Internet access

Computers to help Colonias residents access the Internet

posted January 27, 2014
Colonias residents, many of whom lack internet access, will soon be able to get online on computer stations in 42 community resource centers all along the border operated by the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s Colonias Program.
Colonias program promotoras help Socorro flooding victims

Colonias Program provides help to West Texas flood victims

posted October 29, 2013
The Texas A&M Colonias Program came to the aid of flood-stricken West Texans last September when heavy rain and rising water drove many colonia residents in Socorro, a suburb of El Paso, from their homes.
Ph.D. student works to green building practices in colonias

Ph.D. project targets greening of colonias home construction

posted May 24, 2013
After investigating home building practices common in Texas colonias, impoverished areas near the Mexico border, a Texas A&M architecture Ph.D. student is working to share affordable, energy efficient construction techniques and home designs with colonias residents.
HRRC study forecasts hurricane threat behavior in South Texas

Study to forecast behavior during hurricane threats

posted November 21, 2012
Lower Rio Grande Valley officials will have help planning regional hurricane evacuations from a study undertaken by researchers at Texas A&M’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center in collaboration with the university's Colonias Program.

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The Water Filtration Training Academy in Laredo, TX, was inaugurated February, 6, 2015. The first cohort, 3 individuals from Monterrey, N.L., completed training. Also, the Rotary Club presented Rueda de Medicina, their first ceramic water filter press.