FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – A sewage lagoon that has threatened to spill into the San Juan River will be eliminated.
The Farmington Daily Times reports that San Juan County in northern New Mexico will break ground on the project Tuesday following six years of concern.
The San Juan River flows into the Colorado River. A San Juan County official said raw sewage entering the river would be “catastrophic.”
The lagoon was built in 1957 to serve 25 homes but now handles twice as many.
A local contractor received nearly $2.6 million to decommission the lagoon. It will install a pumping station near the site to take sewage to the nearby city of Farmington.
The project could be completed in four months.