Albuquerque, NM, Dec 15, 2010 -- Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner broke ground on a new water treatment system in Rodeo, New Mexico. The improvements will provide cleaner water quality for the residents of that small southwestern New Mexico community.
Rural Development is providing a $345,974 Colonias grant in conjunction with state of New Mexico funds to install a reverse osmosis water treatment system. The system will remove excessive levels of fluoride presently in the water. It has been found that the elevated levels of fluoride may cause dental fluorosis; a brown staining and/or pitting of permanent teeth in young children. Reports also indicate that the untreated highly fluoridated water may also result in some cases of skeletal fluorosis; a serious bone disorder which could cause major problems in creating weak bone structure for the elderly.
During the ground breaking ceremony Brunner said, “Smaller communities such as Rodeo, face hardships because their infrastructure may not provide the best water quality available. The upgraded water system to be built in Rodeo will provide clean, healthy and safe water that many of us take for granted.” Brunner added. "One of the primary goals of the Obama Administration is to provide a better quality of life for our rural communities, and this investment will certainly be a step toward meeting the very basic needs of communities like Rodeo."
The funding for this project is administered by USDA Rural Development’s Community Program. The program is dedicated to loan or grant needed financial assistance to communities of less than 10,000 people.
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