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Water group receives funding

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Submitted to the Optic

The New Mexico Water Trust Board awarded El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers’ Association its full funding request last week, according to association president Joe Zebrowski.

The Water Trust Board’s grant of $998,855, along with other funds, is to be used for construction of the first phase of a community water system in the Romeroville area where about 60 private wells have failed in the last several years.

“We expect paperwork and bids to take several months but earth should start being moved this winter,” Zebrowski said.

The first phase of work includes drilling a community well, a storage tank and a fill station where people can fill their own water tanks eliminating having the drive to Las Vegas and back. It will also include a pipeline with connections for up to about a dozen homes.

“This is welcome monetary backing as well as an indication that we have shown the board strong community commitment over the last several years,” Zebrowski said. “Our board members as well as individual members have shown willingness to make sacrifices of time and effort now for a better tomorrow.”

He urges residents of the service area who have not joined El Creston to consider doing so soon. He noted that fees for community water projects like El Creston are historically lower for early joiners and expensive for those who wait until a water distribution system is in place.

The service area includes Sheridan, La Manga, Pine Ridge, Blue Ridge, Romeroville, Ojitos Frios Ranches and north to New Mexico highway 283.

Membership entry fee is $50 and there is an annual assessment, currently $60.