ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The federal Bureau of Reclamation oversees several large-scale projects aimed at delivering drinking water to rural communities in the West. The agency has $36 million to spend on projects during the next fiscal year — a fraction of the funds needed for the work.
Here’s a look at the projects and current allocations:
EASTERN NEW MEXICO WATER SUPPLY
— $47,000. Would serve eight communities in eastern New Mexico and reduce the dependence on groundwater sources.
FORT PECK RESERVATION/DRY PRAIRIE
— $3.7 million. Would provide for a single water treatment plant along the Missouri River and distribution of water through 3,200 miles of pipeline in northeastern Montana.
GARRISON DIVERSION UNIT
— $7.4 million. Would serve municipal, rural and industrial water customers, including four American Indian tribes, in North Dakota.
JICARILLA APACHE RURAL WATER SYSTEM
— No funding for the 2016 fiscal year. Would replace existing water and wastewater facilities in and around the town of Dulce, New Mexico, and provide services to the newly developed area of Mundo Ranch.
LEWIS AND CLARK RURAL WATER SYSTEM
— $2.8 million. Would supply drinking water to more than a dozen cities in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa through a network of pipelines, pump stations and storage reservoirs.
MNI WICONI RURAL WATER SYSTEM
— $12 million. Provides drinking water for tribal communities in South Dakota, where supplies are dwindling and of poor quality. The funding request goes toward operation and maintenance as construction is complete.
ROCKY BOY’S/NORTH CENTRAL RURAL WATER SYSTEM
— $4.6 million. Would provide potable water from the Tiber Reservoir to the Rocky Boy’s Reservation and 21 surrounding towns and rural water districts in Montana.