The Utilities Section is responsible for Water & Wastewater Capital Improvement Projects. Once a project is identified, the purchase property (if needed) will occur. The Utilities Section will then work with local consultants to design the project and oversee the construction.
Arsenic Removal: The EPA has set the arsenic limit of 10 ppb. If that level is exceeded, a treatment plant is constructed using coagulation / filtration, or adsorption technology to meet the EPA’s standard. There are 10 city wells that qualify for treatment.
Well Development: All the water for the city comes from an underground aquifer. New wells are drilled every few years to meet the needs of a growing community. Some wells go as deep as 3,000 linear feet and produce up to 3,200 gallons per minute.
Reservoirs: Water is stored in reservoirs, which can hold up to 4 million gallons. Typically, the water draws down during the day and is replenished during the night.
Booster Stations: Sometimes water is needed where there is not a well, or reservoir; therefore, a booster station is used to transfer water from one area to another.
Lift Stations: Wastewater flows by gravity downhill until it gets to a transfer point where it is collected and sent to a treatment plant. Lift stations transfer the wastewater by large pumps.
Treatment plants: There are two types of treatment plants. First, a conventional plant processes the wastewater using a biological method resulting in water that can be reused by facilities, such as the golf course, or sent to the river. The second type of plant is a membrane bioreactor plant. This type uses membranes to produce a high quality of reuse water. The reuse water will then be used for parks, sports fields, landscaping and the golf course.
Utility CIP Section Manager
3200 Civic Center Circle NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124