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Two District 2 Projects Receive Water Authority Funding


County Commission Chair Steven Michael Quezada, and Albuquerque City Councilor Klarissa Pena sponsored amendments for water projects - the Route 66 Visitor Center and the Los Padillas Water System Project - that were added to the 2019 Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority budget.

At last week’s water authority meeting, $1.5 million was approved for the Route 66 Visitor Center west of Albuquerque. The visitor center is a joint city/county project to create a space that celebrates Route 66 while serving the local community.

The initial stage of the project requires connection of water and sewer service to move the project forward. Future water connections will be assessed various charges, which will recover the majority of the $1.5 million over time.

On May 23, the Water Authority also appropriated $2.5 million for the South Valley Drinking Water Project, which will cover the remaining cost to complete this phase of the project. The $2.5 million is in addition to $1.4 million Bernalillo County has already contributed and $250,000 the Water Authority previously contributed to complete Phase 7B of the South Valley Drinking Water Project, also known as the Los Padillas water system.

“Being able to add these two projects to the water authority 2019 budget is a huge win for District 2,” says County Commission Chair Steven Michael Quezada. “The Los Padillas water system project will complete Phase 7B of water and sewer installation in the South Valley and the Route 66 Visitor Center funding will make it possible to move into the next phase toward construction and completion of this long-anticipated project.”





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