El Valle de los Ranchos water plan calls for centralization amid Abeyta Settlement implementation

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 5/2/19

Ranchos-area water plan calls for centralization amid Abeyta Settlement implementation An evaluation and master plan for water infrastructure and services in the Taos …

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El Valle de los Ranchos water plan calls for centralization amid Abeyta Settlement implementation

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An evaluation and master plan for water infrastructure and services in the Taos Valley, sponsored by the El Valle de los Ranchos Water and Sanitation District, is giving a nod to an idea that occasionally crops up as a way to deal with ongoing challenges faced by small water systems.

The plan recommends a centralized water system for the whole valley, according to a press release from the El Valle water district.

The plan was completed by Souder, Miller & Associates. Initial conversations in 2018 included folks from the El Valle district, the town of Taos, the El Prado Water and Sanitation District and mutual domestic water consumers associations (MDWCAs) in Cañon, Llano Quemado, Ranchos de Taos and Talpa.

"Our water challenges in Taos are currently at a crossroads. On the one hand we are experiencing challenges like we have never seen before, from drought to ground water contamination to aging infrastructure and to more rigid regulatory and financial requirements. On the other hand, volunteer board members and community leaders are aging, leaving operations and management of our water resources at risk," read the release.

Because "the Abeyta Water Settlement offers funding for water infrastructure," it reads, "the public could benefit by collaborative efforts to provide public water to all citizens of the Taos Valley."

A public meeting to go over the Regional Collaboration Water Master Plan is being planned, though details have not been released. To review the plan in its entirety, contact Melene Montano, the business manager at El Valle de los Ranchos Water and Sanitation District, at (575) 751-1700.

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