THE NORTH AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK AND DOÑA ANA COUNTY SIGN $17.9 MILLION IN GRANT AGREEMENTS FOR WASTEWATER PROJECTS

THE NORTH AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK AND DOÑA ANA COUNTY SIGN $17.9 MILLION IN GRANT AGREEMENTS FOR WASTEWATER PROJECTS

The Doña Ana County Comissioners Court today ratified grant agreements totaling $17.9 million with the North American Development Bank (NADB) for wastewater collection and treatment systems in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. This assistance is made available through the Bank’s EPA-funded Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF).

The NADB grant assistance is provided under agreements for three separate projects, all to benefit communities in Doña Ana County.

South Central Regional Wastewater Facilities: BEIF assistance totally $12.1 million will be used to finance the construction of the South Central Regional Wastewater Collection and Treatment Facilities for Vado/Del Cerro, La Mesa/San Miguel, Berino, and Chamberino communities. The $27.8 million project also received a grant and loan from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED).

More than 9,000 residents will benefit from this project. The residents will receive first-time sewer service, which will alleviate the health risks attributed to groundwater contaminants and untreated sewage run-off. NADB assistance will also assist in providing residential hookups in each community.

Salem/Ogaz, New Mexico: BEIF assistance totaling nearly $1 million will be used to finance the construction of a wastewater collection and treatment system for the communities. The project will provide first-time wastewater collection and treatment services for the residents of Salem and Ogaz, significantly reducing the health risks associated with exposure to sewage run-off.

La Union, New Mexico: BEIF assistance totally $4.8 million will be used to finance the design and construction of a wastewater collection and conveyance system for the community. The project will provide first time wastewater collection and treatment services thereby significantly reducing public health and safety risks for the community’s residents. The collection system will carry the wastewater in gravity sewer lines to the existing West Mesa/Santa Teresa Border Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The conveyance system will use four lift stations to pump the wastewater to the nearby plant.

A groundbreaking ceremony for these projects is tentatively scheduled for early August.

Established in 1997, the BEIF is a grant program administered by the NADB to fund and facilitate environmental infrastructure projects throughout the U.S.-Mexico border region. EPA provided an initial contribution of $170 million for water and wastewater projects with an additional $166 million added to the fund by EPA in the past three years. More than $370 million in BEIF assistance has been approved to date.

The North American Development Bank, created under the auspices of NAFTA, is a financial institution established and capitalized in equal parts by the United States and Mexico for the purpose of financing environmental infrastructure projects along their common border. As a pioneer institution in its field, the Bank is working to develop integrated, sustainable and fiscally responsible projects with broad community support in a framework of close cooperation and coordination between Mexico and the United States.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.