New plan to fix water leaks in Rio Rancho

RIO RANCHO (KRQE) – A long-standing water problem in Rio Rancho is one step closer to getting fixed.

Residents say water leaks are common sight on the neighborhood streets and about 1,000 water lines break every year in Rio Rancho.

Now, the city council is putting together a $1.3 million contract to fix them.

The broken water lines and wells are set to get repaired. About 15 streets could get some major construction on the water lines.

Some roads will get a new copper line and some streets will get new water meters.

City officials say in the past year, the water rate increased by nearly nine percent.

The city lost about 500 million gallons of water, meaning water use has been very inefficient and costly for Rio Rancho.

The new plan is expected to help save the city money and to spare residents the hassle of water leaks.

“Hopefully we can start reducing rates because of the saving we’re getting from fixing this,” said Chuck Wilkins of Rio Rancho City Council (District 1).

One resident says the water leaks have become such a nuisance that she keeps the water company’s number on speed dial.

“Pretty much every time I’m out driving, especially in the summer, I’m calling them to repair one leak or another,” said Susan Tolhurst.

Construction is expected to start in about 60 days and is expected to last about six months.

Wilkins says he hopes the contract gets renewed every year to keep the problems under control.

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