Thursday, November 01, 2012
Bernalillo County is offering a new service to assist residents on well water systems who have poor quality drinking water. The CONNECT pilot loan program helps residents with financing the cost of connecting their homes to municipal water lines.
The CONNECT water loan program is available to homeowners throughout the unincorporated area of Bernalillo County whose properties are on well water systems where the ground water quality does not meet federally-mandated primary drinking water standards. In order to connect, residents must have Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) service lines available at the street in front of their house. There are no other eligibility criteria.
“I asked Bernalillo County staff to create this new program because I want to ensure that as many county residents as possible have access to clean, safe drinking water,” says Commissioner Wayne Johnson. “I sincerely hope that all eligible residents consider participating in this program.”
CONNECT loans are made from the county to the resident in the form of direct payment to contractors and direct payment of various connection fees. Through CONNECT, homeowners will be able to apply for a 10-year, seven percent interest rate loan that is repaid to the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. The re-payment will be billed directly through the ABCWUA water bill.
To begin the loan application process, residents can call the Bernalillo County Water Resources Program office at 848-1524 to set up an appointment. Residents will need to provide proof of property ownership or a copy of their property tax assessment. Staff will assist them with the application process and answer any questions that they may have.
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