Gov. Susana Martinez visited Rio Rancho on Monday to formally announce funding for two water projects that were on the council-approved list of city capital outlay priorities.
They were also included in the governor’s list for high-priority water projects.
Martinez praised Rio Rancho councilors and legislators for prioritizing water projects to enhance the city’s infrastructure in ways that can help bring new businesses to the city.
“Water is one of those critical pieces of infrastructure,” Martinez told those gathered to hear her at the Cabezon Water Reclamation Facility, 2300 Westside Blvd.
“We just finished our legislative session and water was one of the key initiatives,” Martinez said, adding that she asked the Legislature to put $111 million toward water projects identified throughout the state.
Rio Rancho was awarded $1.4 million for replacing aging plastic water service lines with copper.
Lines throughout the city are failing, causing nearly 900 leaks annually leading to the loss of millions of gallons of water.
“The new lines will ensure not only that quality drinking water will be delivered to residents and businesses in this city but will also help conserve the precious water,” the governor said.
Another $100,000 will go for preliminary engineering and hydrogeological investigations for a new well to replace a failing well on the west side of the city.