POJOAQUE PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Work has started on a project that will bring drinking water to residents of four northern New Mexico pueblos as part of a settlement that ended a decades-long fight over water rights.
Federal officials said construction on the Pojoaque Basin regional water system began this week.
The pueblos of Pojoaque, Nambe, San Ildefonso and Tesuque will benefit along with other residents of Santa Fe County.
The system will divert water from the Rio Grande.
It will include treatment facilities, storage tanks and transmission and distribution pipelines with the capability to supply about 3.57 million gallons of drinking water per day.