Albuquerque, NM, Nov 19, 2010 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner joined Santo Domingo Pueblo Governor Tony Tortalita in breaking ground today to begin the construction process to expand the water system at the Pueblo.
The $828,304 project was funded through USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program which provides funds for infrastructure projects in rural communities. The grant money was made available by Congress through a Native American set-a-side fund specifically designed to help Native American Tribes to either build new or replace old and outdated water systems.
As ground was broken Brunner commented to Governor Tortalita, “I can see how this project will help the residents of Santo Domingo Pueblo.” Brunner added, “Clean drinking water is essential to the survival of New Mexico’s rural communities. The improvements made to the Santo Domingo water system will help ensure that Pueblo residents will have access to the water they need for generations to come.”
The funding for this project will pay for the installation of new water meters and the laying of 13,000 feet of water lines throughout the northern portion of the Santo Domingo Pueblo village. Also, the community will benefit from the expanded water system by receiving better fire fighting protection. The design of the system includes the installation of fire hydrants and the new water lines will replace undersized distribution lines and provide better water service coverage.
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