Navajo Irrigation Project

New Mexico – An Arizona company has won a $13 million contract to build two pumping plants in northwestern New Mexico as part of the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project.

The pumping plants are key to the project, which will provide water for the Navajo Nation's farming enterprise.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the contract with Archer Western Contractors, Ltd., on Wednesday.

The Phoenix firm will construct the pumping plants over a two-year period. The contract covers construction of the buildings, electronic operating controls and installation of the pumps.

The pumping plants are scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2011.

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