Steady, unplanned growth in rural areas of southcentral Doña Ana County resulted in many homes not having access to a centralized wastewater treatment system. Residents and businesses used on-site systems such as septic tanks or cesspools for wastewater disposal. In some cases, multiple dwellings were connected to a single on-site system. The high density of homes combined with a prominent layer of poorly draining soil caused frequent surfacing of contaminated water and was an immediate threat to public health. The failing on-site systems also posed a potential health and environmental risk from infiltration of wastewater to the aquifer.
This regional project consisted of the construction of individual sewer systems and residential hook-ups for the communities of Vado, Del Cerro, La Mesa, San Miguel, Berino, and Chamberino, as well as construction of the South Central Wastewater Treatment Plant to serve all six communities. The main project components
The project provided first-time wastewater collection and treatment services to 2,200 residences in six communities, eliminating the health risks attributed to groundwater contamination and untreated sewage run-off caused by failing on-site wastewater treatment systems.
|Total Project Cost||US 24.07M|
US 13.08M - NADBank Grant: BEIF
|Other Funding Partners||
New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) State Revolving Fund (SRF)
EPA Colonias Fund Program