Albuquerque, NM, Jan 11, 2011 -- Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner traveled to Malaga, New Mexico south of Carlsbad to see firsthand the construction of the water system being built in that community.
The USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program, which provides funds for infrastructure projects in rural communities, provided $1,195,000 for the project. $845,000 of the funding came through a Colonias grant. The Colonias program at USDA was created by Congress to specifically help small communities within 150 miles of the Mexican border to either build new or replace old and outdated water systems.
During the tour of the final phase of construction, Brunner said, “I saw firsthand how this project will help the residents of Malaga.” Brunner added, “Clean drinking water is essential to the survival of New Mexico’s rural communities. The improvements made to this water system will help ensure that the residents of Malaga will have access to the water they need for generations to come.”
Construction is completed on Malaga’s water project and will serve the community of 200. The construction included over 4 miles of new 6" water line and included a 10" steel casing water line across the Black River. The new pipe will provide an alternate supply to the system south of the Black River to make sure the community always has water. Currently, the water supply line crosses the Black River in a steel pipe suspended from the U.S. Highway 285 Bridge. This single source supply line is highly vulnerable to damage from a catastrophic storm, vandals, rifle damage, or acts of terrorism.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov