Lordsburg, New Mexico, USA

Water Treatment Improvements in Lordsburg, New Mexico

Status: Completed construction


The water supply existing in the City of Lordsburg had fluoride levels that exceeds the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 4 mg/L; a primary water quality standard. The October 2004 water quality results measured a concentration of 5.02 mg/L of Fluoride at the Entry Point (Well No.1, Well No.2, SP Well) and 12.52 mg/L of Fluoride at the Smith Well. The project was selected for funding based on a publication describing high incidence rates of fluorosis and skeletal fluorosis documented in the community. The implementation of the Water Treatment Improvements will provide benefits including the reduction of fluoride in the city's water, improve the water treatment system, comply with the regulatory requirements, and improve the health of the community.


The purpose of the project was to improve water quality through the implementation of an activated alumina treatment system, which contributes to the reduction of the risk of waterborne diseases associated with high levels of fluoride.


The project consists of improvements to the drinking water treatment system to reduce fluoride concentrations from water for the community of Lordsburg, New Mexico.

Project Financing

Total Project Cost US 2M
NADB Funding US 0.7M - NADB Grant: BEIF

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Results Measurement

Results are measured upon completion of the project through a closeout process that assesses project performance within 6-12 months after completion, as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives established at the time of project certification and financing approval.


Improve access to drinking water




Improve drinking water quality (MGD)


Compliance with applicable regulations





Activated Alumina water treatment system (MGD)


8" PVC C-900 water line extension (lf)


10" HDPE sewer line for treatment wastestream (lf)


Significant project finding(s)

Water quality continues to exceed the primary water quality standard for fluoride. The project sponsor continues to apply various operational strategies to achieve sufficient water treatment.