Regional
6:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Feds Support Local Water Projects

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Credit NM USDA Rural Development Director Terry Brunner

  A federal official was in Dona Ana County this week to mark the end of one construction project….and the beginning of another.  

 New Mexico USDA rural development Director Terry Brunner was in southern New Mexico today to participate in two water related infrastructure projects.  La Union and La Mesa have received federal funds to upgrade their individual water systems.  The $1.2 million project in La Union will include a new filtration system designed to remove arsenic from the water…brining it into compliance with federal regulations.  The construction on the $2-million La Mesa water project was recently completed.  It saw the rehabilitation of the water well and the installation of a new 150,000 gallon water tank. The USDA’s water and wastewater programs focus on the needs of rural Americans who lack safe drinking water in their homes. Recipients must be public entities such as the water associations in La Union and La Mesa.  To qualify for the financial assistance the applicants must be unable to obtain funds from commercial sources at reasonable rates and terms to build or upgrade a water or wastewater system.