Portales breaks ground on water treatment plant

Watering restrictions now in place

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) – Portales has officially broken ground on a $27 million treatment plant that will help the eastern New Mexico community meet its future water needs.

State Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn was among the officials at Tuesday’s ceremony. He says the plant represents the largest state investment in a water facility in the department’s history.

A state loan program provided more than $26 million. Portales also received state and federal grants for the project.

The wastewater treatment plant and reuse project has been under development for years. Construction is already underway and concrete work is expected to begin next week.

Portales Public Works Director John DeSha says the plant represents the first of a four-part plan to securing a lasting water supply for the city. The treated water will be used on city parks.

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