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From Karen Nichols, Desert Sands MDWCA Business Manager

Our new web site is about to go live, so it's time we posted something here on the blog page.  I have been learning how to edit the web site and post things, so since I seem to be the resident computer geek (not sure how that happened!), I'll start this off.  Others from the Authority will be posting here too, so whoever is posting will identify themselves in each post.

We plan to keep this web site updated regularly and get a lot of information posted here to keep you informed -- first about the progress of the merger, and then about the governance, management & operation of your LRG Authority.  We're going to do our best to make this a bilingual site, but we are not there yet.  Right now, RCAC has not quite finalized the site, and the translation isn't finished.  Also, we're going to have to get Authority staff in place and make sure that new content gets translated, too.

So please leave us comments, questions, suggestions.  We're looking forward to hearing from you!


9 comments | Add a New Comment
1. Jim Pugh | January 05, 2011 at 01:33 AM EST

You have done a good job on the site. Not only does it look professional, it is easy to navigate.

2. Karen Nichols | January 07, 2011 at 02:36 AM EST

Thank you Mr. Pugh. RCAC set the site up for us, and I've added a few pages and a lot of content.

3. Mitch Boyer | September 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM EDT

Great job on the new site. It is very professional.

I am glad that they have you on board. Mitch B.

4. Mitch Boyer | September 26, 2011 at 06:35 PM EDT

\\\"Hi Karen\\\" I have reviewed your CCR's for 2010 so can you do me a favor and post the current sampling results for well#10 (Berino well). Thanks. Mitch B.

5. Karen Nichols | October 06, 2011 at 06:35 PM EDT

Hi Mr. Boyer, and thank you for your comments and question. My apologies for taking so long to reply, but I've been in training for a couple of days. The latest arsenic sampling results for the Berino and Desert Sands wells are located on our Notices page under Drinking Water Notices at the link that says Notice - Arsenic level above Drinking Water Standards - 9/22/11. We have been allocated $9.8 million in funding for the Berino/Mesquite-Del Cerro Water System Improvements Project by the NM Water Trust Board and USDA Rural Development, and that project will bring the Berino well in to compliance with the arsenic standard by installing a blending tank. The Desert Sands well already has a treatment plant in place and will be in compliance as soon as the running annual average comes down below 10 parts per billion.

6. Gary Beeson | December 02, 2011 at 05:28 PM EST

Hello all,

Nice site. Is there a block diagram or map anywhere that illustrates where each of the wells are located? Also, what is the specific reason for creating a new well for the La Mesa area? Is it capacity, quality, location or all of the above?

And one last question where does the sewage from the La Mesa users get treated? Thanks very much.

7. Karen Nichols | December 02, 2011 at 11:41 PM EST

Hello Mr. Beeson, and thank you. The answer to your first question is no, we have not posted the location of each well, and have no plans to do so for security reasons. We do have multiple wells in each of our communities except Vado which is served by the Mesquite wells.

The new well project for La Mesa also includes a new storage tank, and that project was begun by La Mesa Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association prior to the merger into the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority. And yes, for all of those reasons. That project is in final review at USDA Rural Development. Once their review is complete, they will issue closing instructions for the funding package and we can get it out to bid.

Dona Ana County provides sewage collection and treatment for La Mesa and all of the communities we serve except for Mesquite which is served by us and a small part of the south end of the Desert Sands area that is served by Anthony Water & Sanitation District. The county treatment facility is located in Vado. We have a waste-water collection system project also pending final review at USDA RD that will take the old Mesquite wetlands treatment facility offline and replace the small diameter pressured collection lines with a larger diameter gravity system that will tie in to the county treatment facility.

8. Karen Nichols | September 29, 2014 at 12:12 PM EDT

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9. bezzy t | April 12, 2015 at 11:11 PM EDT

I s it just me or do we seem to have an awful lot of water outages. On top of the low quality of service and all the late charges if for what ever reason your ever even just a minute late. For the the last three days my Is very poor tasting and even worse it's white. I have Children as do many of us in this community. It's very hard to deal with things as they are already, but on top of it so many water outages,and not ever having a solid month with out two or three issues with our water. It's like we live in some third world country. Come on people get together. Not knowing if the water is save or even having water at times should not be something me and my neighbors should have to worry about. Again and again

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