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Dormant neighborhood water reservoir scheduled for demolition

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has decided to demolish the decommissioned San Jose Reservoir, near Broadway and San Jose SE. (Robert Browman/Journal)

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A long-dormant water reservoir in the San Jose neighborhood is scheduled for demolition, though actual work isn’t expected to begin until next spring.

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority hosted a public meeting Thursday to discuss the demolition of the San Jose Reservoir, near Broadway and San Jose SE.

According to the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority decade plan, the San Jose Wells were decommissioned in the 1980s “due to groundwater contamination from fuel storage facilities in the area.”

The San Jose Reservoir and pumping station were also taken out of service at that time.

The reservoir sits on nearly an acre in the San Jose neighborhood. It is 108 feet in diameter and 40 feet tall, and has a 2.5 million-gallon capacity.

“The reservoir was used to treat and store water but hasn’t been used for a long time,” project manager Jane Rael said. “There’s no water in there now.”

The reservoir demolition plan will be designed by an engineering consultant. Then the water authority will submit the plan to the state for approval – an estimated 90-day process. Next winter, the water authority will start the contract bid process for the project. Demolition of the reservoir, the pump station and two small buildings is expected to begin in the spring and will take about six months.

“We’re hoping the impact to the community will be minimal,” Rael said. “Noise and dust will be monitored to comply with regulations. All demolition will happen during the day.”

Water authority representatives at the meeting said the project is still in the beginning stages. They don’t have an estimated cost for the demolition, and the future use of the lot is also up in the air. Meeting attendees suggested that a walking trail or park be built on the land.

Water authority officials said they probably will host another public meeting this summer to discuss the demolition.

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