Albuquerque, NM, Dec 08, 2010 -- Earlier this afternoon, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner traveled to the Pueblo de San Ildefonso to present two certificates of obligation to upgrade the water and wastewater systems at that northern New Mexico Pueblo.
During the ceremony, Brunner said, “By obligating this money, Rural Development continues its commitment to ensure that residents of small communities such as the Pueblo de San Ildefonso have good water and wastewater services for many years to come.” Brunner added, “Water and wastewater services are essential to the sustainability and growth of this community. USDA is proud to make this important investment in the future of San Ildefonso.”
The first grant that was presented was in the amount of $519,311 to construct a new wastewater treatment system that will serve the Pueblo's two Westside Communities of Pajarito Village and Battleship Mesa. The new system will see the construction of an aerated wetlands treatment system and a new drain field for the disposal of treated effluent.
The second grant for $277,802 will be used to upgrade the water system to provide better water service and fire protection. The water system is designed to provide a higher water flow, pressure and water delivery which will in turn provide better fire fighting capabilities. In addition, a new tank site and upgraded water lines on the west side of the Rio Grande will be constructed to provide service to that portion of the Pueblo.
USDA Rural Development’s Community Program which provides financial support to small communities of 10,000 people, funded both of these projects. The goal of the CF Program is to target federal investment in rural communities with the most serious drinking water quality, quantity and dependability problems. The water and wastewater programs focus on the needs of rural Americans who lack safe drinking water in their homes.
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