In a story titled “Colonias organize to fund major water projects,” KUNM interviewed Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority (LRGPWWA) General Manager Martin Lopez and Projects Manager Karen Nichols.
DBS&A has been doing work for LRGPWWA since 2015; two projects are active, one for design and one for construction services. LRGPWWA serves 16 communities in Doña Ana County, mostly colonias. The article explains how combining as one authority enabled it to apply for loans and grants to complete a water project that will help those served by the Water Authority. LRGPWWA was a model for the Regional Water System Resiliency Act legislation that recently passed by state lawmakers, providing a framework for small communities to create shared utilities. Learn more about DBS&A’s water resources capabilities and funding assistance services.