The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program has given out $15 million in grants and $2 million in loans to improve three water systems within New Mexico.
The money is for the Cottonwood Rural Water Association in Eddy County, the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority in Doña Ana County, and the city of Truth or Consequences.
“These rural water investments are essential to the health, well-being, and development of communities in Sierra, Eddy, and Doña Ana counties,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) in a statement announcing the funding. “These projects not only provide clean water to rural families, but also help keep rates down and create jobs in New Mexico.”
Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) said the projects also are critical to sustaining the state’s basic infrastructure.
Truth or Consequences will receive $4.492 million to improve the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
The Cottonwood Rural Water Association will receive $4,274,100 to remove and replace a water tank, replace existing water lines and add new lines to loop dead end lines.
The Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority will receive $8,027,800 in rural development funds to construct a gravity and pressurized sewer system. The project will extend sewer service to areas in Mesquite and Brazito.