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New Mexico project make list for USDA rural infrastructure program

Clovis Livestock Market News of Clovis, New Mexico

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week announced loans and grants for 141 projects to build and improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities across the nation, including two in New Mexico.

"Many rural communities need to upgrade and repair their water and wastewater systems, but often lack the resources to do so," said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

USDA is awarding $299 million for 88 projects in the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program and $15 million for 53 grants in the Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG) program.

The communities of Garfield and La Luz in the southern part of the state The new water lines will address high leakage rates by replacing old water-lines. A new computerized management system will also be installed to assist with system operations and reduce water loss from tank overflows. Also, by adding the new well, the growth restriction will be removed.

The La Luz Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association was approved for loan of $414,000 and a grant of $1,787,100 for a total of $2,201,100. The funding will be used to upgrade approximately 5 miles of the 63 year old, and undersized water line system, and the outdated and undersized treatment system. Once completed the improvements to the water system will provide a reliable and safe water delivery system for the community at reasonable rates.

ECWAG recipients can use the grants to help eligible communities prepare for or recover from emergencies.

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Original Publication Date: November 6, 2015

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