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New Mexico Will Receive $27.6 Million for Water Projects

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Federal stimulus funding will help cover costs of water, wastewater upgrades

New Mexico will receive $27.6 million in federal stimulus money to help cover the costs of water and wastewater upgrades in communities across the state, U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall said Tuesday.

The two New Mexico Democrats said in a news release that the funding was coming through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The news release said the New Mexico Finance Authority will distribute $12.7 million in the form of grants and loans for drinking water projects and the New Mexico Environment Department will distribute $14.9 million in grant funding for wastewater projects.

According to the news release, here are the lists of projects to be funded.

Drinking water projects (grants and loans):

  • $252,500 for Floyd to install treatment system for fluoride and arsenic.
  • $3.31 million for Bernalillo to install arsenic treatment system.
  • $454,500 for Dona Ana MDWCA to increase size of transmission lines.
  • $1.97 million for Carlsbad to replace water lines.
  • $2.11 million for Farmington for Animas Street Waterline project.
  • $590,000 for Canjilon MDWCA for water supply well, water treatment.
  • $2.02 million for Carnuel MDWCA for storage reservoir, pump station, distribution lines.
  • $2.02 million for Rio Rancho, reverse osmosis treatment for water well.

Wastewater grant projects:

  • $750,000 for Belen for collection system upgrades.
  • $200,000 for Eagle Nest’s wastewater treatment plant lagoon.
  • $1.5 million for Elephant Butte for sewer collection lines and interceptors.
  • $150,000 for Los Alamos County for an effluent reuse line.
  • $1.48 million for Logan’s wastewater treatment collection system.
  • $1.17 million for Questa’s design and construct collection lines.
  • $220,000 for Raton’s wastewater collection system.
  • $6.17 million for cities of Ruidoso Downs and Ruidoso’s expansion of wastewater treatment plant.
  • $405,000 for San Miguel County wastewater treatment and collection.
  • $1 million for Santa Rosa’s wastewater treatment facility upgrades.
  • $600,000 for Silver City’s construct new digester cell.
  • $1 million for Tucumcari wastewater treatment facility upgrades.
  • $262,000 for Wagon Mound to replace lagoon liner and effluent distribution system.

Some of these projects may also be funded through other federal sources, including regular EPA loans and U.S. Department of Agriculture grants or loans, the news release said.

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