March 23, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Work Started on New Mexico Water Project

Posted in Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, West Virginia at 10:58 am by bradhannon

Survey work in New Mexico has begun on the western portion of the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project, an undertaking that promises 250,000 American Indian residents drinking water by the year 2040.  The $870 million project will divert nearly 38,000 acre-feet of water it will consist of 260 miles of pipeline and 24 pumping plants.

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In Florida, the West Palm Beach City Commission appeared to embrace  a water supply and treatment plan officials said will improve the quality and quantity of the city water supply at the lowest long-term cost.  The new upgrades would cost $72.7 million with an annual operating cost of $6.2 million. They will be funded through bonds.

About 600 customers in the small Seminole County community of Konawa, Oklahoma have gone without drinking water or with limited water since last Thursday because of a combination of a pump breakdown and water line leaks.

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West Virginia American Water got the go-ahead Monday for an $11 million project to upgrade or replace water lines from Belle to Montgomery.  Members of the Kanawha County Commission gave approval for the water company to secure $11 million in low-interest loans to complete the project. Funding will be through a federal economic stimulus program that pays 45 percent of the interest on the loans.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced economic funding for three projects in western Iowa to improve water quality and public sanitation services.

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