Town of Mesilla completes improvement project on water system

Mesilla, New Mexico - The Town of Mesilla, New Mexico hosted an inaugural event to announce the operation of its improve water system. hnprovements to this system will increase access to potable water service, improve service reliability and eliminate stagnate conditions that negatively impact water quality, contributing to the reduction of the risks associated with waterborne diseases. 
With an estimated cost of $761,646, this project is receiving a $698,115 grant provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), which is administered by the North American Development Bank (NADB). The Town of Mesilla is also receiving grant funds from the New Mexico Environment Department to cover the rest of the costs. The project was certified by the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) on November 23, 2015. 
In order to qualify for BEIF funds, a rate study was performed for the utility and it has adjusted its rates according to the study's analysis. The increased rates will enable the utility to operate as a self-sustaining entity, prior to the rate adjustment the water system was subsidized from the Town of Mesilla's general funds. 
The project is expected to generate environmental and human health benefits related to the following outcomes:
- Increase access to safe and reliable drinking water services to 12 households;
- Maintain compliant water quality by eliminating the potential for stagnate water conditions.
Improvements, residents in the project area relied on private wells as their 
water source. During periods of extended drought these wells were vulnerable to going dry, forcing area residents to haul water for domestic use. Residents also dealt with water stagnation 
that can lead to issues with disinfection by-product formation and decay, microbial growth, 
temperature increases and discoloration. To avoid stagnation, waterlines are flushed, resulting in 
water losses and additional operation and maintenance requirements. The new network loops will conserve water -- leading to a more sustainable water system. 
NADB is a financial institution established and capitalized in equal parts by the United States and Mexico for the purpose of financing environmental infrastructure projects along their common border. As a pioneer institution in its field, the Bank is working to develop environmentally and fmancially sustainable projects with broad community support in a framework of close cooperation and coordination between Mexico and the United States. For more information, visit 


Mr. Steven Deal, New Mexico Environment Department (NMED)


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