Water loop approved across river

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The Los Lunas Village Council approved a route for an east side water line that will loop into the main system to provide back-up service as well as offer extra fire flow.

This alignment was preferred because it has the least impact on private property, and the village already is permitted by the Middle Rio Grand Conservancy District to be in its right-of-way along the Los Lentes drain.

The new pipeline will cross the river just north of the Main Street bridge.

Rudy Archuleta, the director of public works, hopes to have the $2.2 million system online within the next three years, and is looking for funding sources for the project.

Village engineers, Molzen Corbin, are developing the design and obtaining easements where private property is involved.

Construction will take place in two phases, starting with pipe installment along the Los Lentes irrigation ditch from Silver Lane off N.M. 314 in the North Los Lentes area and crossing the river to Ralliere Road on the east side.

Phase 2 will include line replacements with larger pipes at critical junctures, including the replacement of eight-inch pipe on Los Lentes to an 18-inch pipe, which will create a large conveyance increase, said Clayton Ten Eyck, a Molzen Corbin engineer.

"The existing system currently provides water supply for fire flow well above the ISO minimum requirements for fire protection," Ten Eyck said. "The intent of the project is to provide a secondary river crossing for system redundancy, bring the east side of the village up to the (higher) standards set by the village, support future development, and provide current residents (on wells) access to the water system."

The village's goal is to reach 1,500 gallons per minute flow for residential, and 3,500 gpm for commercial service.


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