City gets loans, grants to update sewer system

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici announced Friday that the city of Tucumcari has been awarded a $2.17 million federal loan and grant package to support upgrades to its aging wastewater system, according to a press release.

“I’m thrilled,” said city manager John Sutherland Friday when he heard of the award. Construction should begin this year, Sutherland said.
This award package plus an earlier award totaling $3.1 million for a sewer headworks project will make it possible to update the treatment plant and sewer collection east of First Street, Sutherland said.

This section of the city services motels, truck plazas and other developments along Interstate 40 that are important to the city’s economy, Sutherland said.

“We have had very good help from the senator’s office,” Sutherland said. “And HDR Engineering’s staff, including Jennifer Mastink, has also helped us with the funding sources.”