Albuquerque, NM, Nov 05, 2010 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner traveled to Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico today to present a certificate of obligation in the amount of $1,000,000 to Marcelino Aguino, the Governor of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. The grant funding will help pay for the complete refurbishment of the water system in that small northern New Mexico community of 3,600.
During the ceremony Brunner said, “USDA Rural Development is proud to be a partner with Ohkay Owingeh to provide this important service to this community. Clean, available water is a basic necessity for rural residents and it is essential to the sustainability and success of the people of Ohkay Owingeh.
The funding for this project will pay for the installation of new water meters and the laying of more than nine thousand feet of water lines throughout Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. The water system will include a larger storage capacity and monitoring system which will insure cleaner, safer drinking water for the residents of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.
Another benefit the new water system will provide is better fire fighting capabilities. The new water lines will replace undersized distribution lines, poor pressure, and incomplete coverage. Because the new system will allow better opportunities for firefighting the residents at Ohkay Owingeh may be eligible to save money through lower property insurance rates.
The funding by USDA Rural Development comes from its Community Program which provides the financial resources to build water and wastewater systems in communities of less than 10-thousand people. The focus for this program is to target federal resources and funds to rural communities with the most serious drinking water quality, quantity and dependability problems.
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