Monday, February 2, 2009

Rep. Cervantes Introduces Bill to Form Regional Water Authority

Rep. Joseph Cervantes has introduced HB 185, which would create the Lower Rio Grande Public Waterworks Authority. This would merge five mutual domestic water and wastewater service providers--Berino, Desert Sands, La Mesa, Mesquite, and Vado--into one. The five entities held public hearings with members last September and each passed resolutions supporting this move. According to Martin Lopez, General Manager of the Mesquite MDWC&MSWA, the bill will be supported by the New Mexico Municipal League.

The Authority would be able to issue revenue bonds. The first board of directors would be made up of the five existing directors of the mutual domestics. The intent of the merger of the five entities is to realize economies of scale through unification.

HB 185 will be co-sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Mary Kay Papen.

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