$20M Awarded to Build First Pumping Plant for Navajo-Gallup Project
During the peak of construction numerous project sites will be up and running that would involve more than 600 jobs.
“This priority project will bring clean drinking water to thousands of Navajo citizens and much needed jobs to the Navajo Nation,” Shelly said in a Navajo Nation press release following the announcement.
The project began in June 2012 and is on schedule for completion in 2024.
Initial capacity will be two cubic-feet-per-second, that will be used in the short term to provide groundwater from Navajo Nation wells until the projects completion – including the pipeline from the San Juan River. Additional pumps will be added according to the demand for water, eventually reaching a total capacity of approximately 36.5 cfs of treated surface water from the San Juan River to Navajo communities and the cities of Gallup and Window Rock, Arizona.
The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project is one of 14 high-priority infrastructure projects identified in October of 2011 by the Obama Administration to be expedited through the permitting and environmental review process according to the release.
The collaboration between the Navajo Nation and the DOI on this project has been a prime example of a working government-to-government relationship according to the Navajo release. “The Shelly-Jim and Obama administrations utilized a streamlined permitting and environmental review process for the project.”
“I express my support and thanks to the Obama administration to continuing to fund this high priority project for the health and economic benefit of the Navajo people,” Shelly said.
Following the announcement Rep. Ben Ray Luján said, “The Navajo-Gallup project is essential to ensure that the Navajo Nation and its local community chapters, the city of Gallup, and the Jicarilla Apache Nation have the water resources needed to provide for their people and encourage economic growth that will create new opportunities in these communities. This latest announcement represents another important step forward in the construction of this vital project.”
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