BERINO WASTEWATER PROJECT CERTIFIED BY BECC; 350 HOMES TO BENEFIT FROM PROJECT

BERINO WASTEWATER PROJECT CERTIFIED BY BECC; 350 HOMES TO BENEFIT FROM PROJECT

BERINO – Septic systems here will be a thing of the past soon, now that the Border Environment Cooperation Commission has certified a new wastewater system for the village, freeing up $233,000 for technical assistance that will complement the $1.9 million construction grant already approved by the New Mexico Environmental Division.
The Berino project will include a gravity collection system and a forced-main sewage channel that will feed the village’s wastewater to the Anthony, N.M. treatment plant.
Berino’s high water table (0-25 feet in most areas) makes it a poor choice for septic and cesspool systems which can harm the aquifer, according to the NMED, which lists Berino as a “serious problem area.”
The phased project is designed to be completed by December of 1999, at which time home owners in the area will be required to shut down their septic systems and hook into the new, cleaner system.
The BECC is a binational organization created in conjunction with the North American Free Trade Agreement. Its purpose is to certify environmental infrastructure projects along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Doña Ana County Manager Fernando Macias said the BECC certification will greatly expedite the project, ensuring that the community of Berino can minimize its public-health risk associated with potential groundwater contamination.
“This certification is good news for Berino, as well as for all of the residents who live in southern Doña Ana County,” Macias said. “We will work tirelessly with the contractors and the community to see that the project is finished on time and on budget.”