FARMINGTON — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $62 million construction contract to build a section of pipeline for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, according to a U.S. Department of the Interior press release.

The Interior Department announced on Sept. 15 that the contract was awarded to Oscar Renda Contracting Inc., a subsidiary of Southland Holdings in Roanoke, Texas.

Construction will include installing approximately 28 miles of 48-inch and 42-inch diameter water transmission pipeline between Naschitti to Twin Lakes as part of the San Juan Lateral, the release states.

Work on the segment is anticipated to start in January with completion scheduled for March 2020.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said in the release the contract is a big step toward completing the water supply project and fits into the Trump Administration's commitment to improving infrastructure.

"The project is critical to providing a much-needed, long-term, sustainable water supply for people on the Navajo and Jicarilla Apache reservations and the City of Gallup. It is also the cornerstone of our commitments under the Navajo Nation San Juan River Water Rights Settlement," Zinke said in the release.

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