New Mexico rural water projects get $35M federal boost

December 13, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to build water and wastewater systems and improve existing infrastructure in a few communities in rural New Mexico will see a $35 million infusion of federal funding.

Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced the funding this week from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

The money comes in the form of low-interest loans and grants and is set aside for tribes, colonias and rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

Projects in Garfield, Socorro and San Miguel County are among the recipients.

The largest share will go to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority in San Juan County to build a new wastewater delivery and treatment plant. The old system exceeded federal standards by releasing high rates of effluent into the San Juan River.