Federal funds to benefit New Mexico water projects

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three water projects in New Mexico will benefit from federal grant funding.

The Bureau of Reclamation says the projects will share more than $120,000 being distributed as part of the WaterSMART program.

Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman says the cost-shared funding provides an opportunity for utilities and tribes to invest in using their water more efficiently.

The Fort Sumner Irrigation District will receive nearly $25,000 for telemetry equipment to monitor real-time flow data.

The Ponderosa Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association in northern New Mexico will receive $25,000 to replace 202 mechanical water meters with new sonic meters.

At Zia Pueblo, 40 radio-read meters will be installed as part of the first phase of a larger effort to get more accurate water usage data and to develop a fee scale for users.

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