Nonpotable water plan gets further review

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Design > Priority recommendations can go forward

By Arin McKenna

The Board of Public Utilities got its first look at a Master Plan for a nonpotable water system last week. After lengthy discussion, the board directed staff and Forsgren Associates Inc., who developed the plan for the county, to clarify some issues and return for further review.
The board did, however, direct staff to move forward with contracting an engineering consultant to design a nonpotable water master plan for the master plan’s priority 1/phase 2 projects, which would complete the Group 12 tank connection.
James Alarid, deputy utilities manager — engineering, urged the board to approve at least that much in order to take advantage of grant/loan funds from the New Mexico Water Trust Board and Finance Authority.
DPU spent $200,000 of the grant/loan on the master plan and had set aside $160,000 for design of initial high priority projects. Those projects would be eligible for additional funding from the NMWTBFA, but designs must be shovel ready by April, 2014 or DPU will have to wait another year to apply for grant/loan funding.
“If you approve design work for phase 1 and 2 projects, that gives us the best chance to complete a lot of work in a short period,” Alarid said.

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