Editor:

We are on our way to solving our sewer problems; as a solution is in the design phase and construction will start soon. We could not have done it without the help of our legislators, through the fiscal year 2014 legislation, who secured one of the largest grants of $2 million that the state of New Mexico has ever provided to a small community.

We also could not have done it without the help of a great project team: San Juan County government, who has helped secure and manage funding for the system improvements and other key partners including the Lower Valley Water Cooperative, the Valley Water and Sanitation District, a dedicated group of volunteer board members, the support from our community residents and other multi-agency support.

The community received funding and project assistance from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development which also paid for the technical assistance provided by Rural Community Assistance Corporation, Community Development Block Grant and San Juan County funded the planning process, New Mexico Environment Department's (NMED) Clean Water State Revolving Fund funded the design services, and the State Legislative Grant is funding Phase I of the construction which includes closing the lagoon, building a lift station, and pumping the sewage to the Valley Water and Sanitation District which will collect and send the sewage to the City of Farmington for treatment.

Last but not least, the community was guided through the entire process by NMED's Ground Water and Quality Bureau, Construction Program's Bureau and the Community Services Division. We thank each and every one of you who has been with us for nearly three years through the numerous accomplishments toward compliance and protection of public health. A big thank you to our legislators and project team.

Great team work has made it happen!

 

Board of Directors of Kirtland Lower Valley Mutual Domestic Wastewater Association: Tom Schilz, President; Tim Beebe, Vice President; Paula Digby, Secretary; Paula Bradford, Treasurer; Donald Kelley, Member