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GEOFFREY PLANT/Taos News

From left, Tom Sanchez, president of the Lower Hondo Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association, Steven Martinez, secretary, and Herb Medina, treasurer, break ground on a water infrastructure project in Arroyo Hondo on Tuesday (Sept. 20). The association's water tank and well house are seen in the background.

Hundreds of Arroyo Hondo residents are set to benefit from domestic water system improvements that are years overdue. Aside from a storage tank that was replaced a decade ago, much of the infrastructure dates back to the system's founding in 1969.

On Tuesday (Sept. 20), contractors broke ground on a $1.3-million project to replace the system's existing well house and the aging infrastructure within it, as well as install new conveyances across the Rio Hondo and under roads, and replace over 3,000 feet of pipe. Revamping the 175-foot-deep well is expected to increase the amount of water produced by the well, which currently has an output of 25 gallons per minute.

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