RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Rio Rancho is set to introduce a new, unique project aimed to conserve one of the state’s most valuable resources — water.
This project will allow the city to put 1 million gallons of purified water back into the aquifer. That’s about 10-percent of what Rio Rancho pumps out, on average, every day.
The plan is to ultimately re-use 100 percent of its wastewater.
So far, the city has spent $25 million dollars putting this project into motion. That includes construction of water lines, a tank and a pump station.
This all started in 2001 when Rio Rancho decided to expand its water resources by recharging the aquifer — the city’s only source of drinking water.
City officials say Rio Rancho is the first city in the state allowed to replenish groundwater by putting water back into the aquifer.