VILLAGE OF DOÑA ANA CELEBRATES CONVERSION TO NEW WASTEWATER SYSTEM

VILLAGE OF DOÑA ANA CELEBRATES CONVERSION TO NEW WASTEWATER SYSTEM

DOÑA ANA – Residents here will take part in festivities Saturday, Oct. 31 to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the village’s wastewater hook-up lines, which means more than 350 septic systems will be retired over the next two years as the village begins pumping wastewater to the treatment plant in the City of Las Cruces.
Among the highlights of the day will be the symbolic burning of an outhouse in the parking lot of the Doña Ana Mutual Water Association (DAMWA). The burning of the symbolic outhouse will occur at 1 p.m. sharp, with members of the Doña Ana Volunteer Fire Department standing by.
Aaron G. De La O, president of the Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association, said the completion of the wastewater line project caps nine years of searching for a way to protect the area’s aquifer by shutting down individual septic systems throughout the community.
The celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with free refreshments and door-prize tickets for all who come to celebrate, De La O said. Area dignitaries -- including state Senators Mary Jane Garcia and Fernando Macias, state Rep. William Porter, County Commission Chairman Gilbert Apodaca, Clyde Hudson of the Rural Utility Services, Las Cruces Mayor Ruben Smith and others -- will speak to residents of the village.
Among the door prizes to be awarded, De La O said, will be a hook-up application fee rebate ($100 value) and six months of free wastewater discharge ($105 value), both donated by area merchants.
Phase I of Dona Ana County’s wastewater hook-up project for Doña Ana received the approval of the Rural Utilities Service last month, allowing homes located within 300 feet of newly installed wastewater hook-up stubs to shut down their individual septic systems and connect to municipal wastewater services through the City of Las Cruces. Applications began Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Albert Racelis, the county’s assistant director of Planning and Community Development, said about 615 homes in the area will be affected when the conversion process is complete.
For more information on the new system or the “Community Awareness: Agua, Vida y Salud” celebration, call Jenny Segura, office manager of the Dona Ana Mutual Water Association, at 526-3491.