City seeking input on water projects

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By The Staff

Mayor Tony Marquez announced today that at the Wednesday, October 21st Council Meeting, the Mayor/City Council will be ranking various water system infrastructure projects for a New Mexico Water Trust Board funding application, which is due November 2nd.  Public Comment is encouraged.

The Water Trust Board was established in 2001 to recommend water projects to the State Legislature for appropriation of funding, in the form of grants or loans, from the Water Project Fund.  The New Mexico Water Trust Board is now soliciting applications for financial assistance for water projects seeking funding from the 2010 Water Project Fund funding cycle.

Types of projects to be considered by the WTB are as follows:

1. Storage, Conveyance and Delivery of Water;

2. Implementation of the Endangered Species Act;

3. Restoration and Management of Watersheds;

4. Flood Prevention Projects; and

5. Conservation, Recycling, Treatment or Reuse of water.

The projects that have been recommended by Staff to the Utility Advisory Committee and forwarded to Council for approval are as follows:

    Cost Estimate        Category        Need

$2,000,000     Replacement         Water Mains identified by

                City’s leak detection survey.

$600,000         Construction        Effluent re-use line extension up

Cinder Road to Memorial Middle School.

$600,000    Design / Const.    Wetlands Mitigation:  Pederson

                Dam, Pump back system

$600,000        Design / Const.    Backup Groundwater well for

                        Taylor Well #4.