Feds give city $2.18 million for treatment plant

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun

Tucumcari recently received $2.18 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

The money will be used to further renovate the city’s wastewater treatment plant, according to a press release from New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici.

”For Tucumcari, USDA Rural Development has approved a $900,000 grant and a $1, 283,000 40-year, 4.25 percent-interest loan to repair four lift stations, add a new biological treatment process, and rehabilitate existing systems and treatment processes,” the release stated.

Tucumcari’s Community Development Director Doug Powers said the city’s treated wastewater should be greatly improved within 12 to 18 months.

“With the improvements made from this money our discharge water should be the highest quality attainable,” Powers said. “We have been sending packets over the past year to New Mexico lawmakers in Washington, explaining our need for this funding. We all should thank Senators Domenci and Jeff Bingaman and Representative Tom Udall. Also, State Representative Brian Moore and Senator Clint Harden helped us get $300,000 in capital outlay for the treatment plant.”

The wastewater treatment plant has already undergone much renovation.

“With our other funding, we will have more than $3 million invested in the rehabilitation of the plant,” Powers said.