Nueces County Drainage District No. 2 recently took delivery of more than $500,000 in new equipment that it hopes will make providing services to its constituents a safer and more efficient process.

The district traded in its old cable-operated dragline machine for a new 68-foot, $270,000 trackhoe, which uses a hydraulic system instead of cables. In addition, the district purchased a new $58,000 skid loader, that will be used to clean under bridges, and two new Ford F350 diesel pickup trucks. The trucks come with a total price tag of $61,000, drainage commissioners have said.

The new equipment is being paid for through a loan with Wells Fargo Bank, drainage officials have said. The $536,000 loan will require annual payments of $99,236.