Water Authority has plans for reuse facility near Bosque School

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People along the Bosque in the center of Albuquerque are speaking out after learning a wastewater treatment plant is coming to their neighborhood.

The fencing has gone up and 4.5 acres of dirt have been leveled near Coors and Montano by the Bosque School. The Water Authority said it’s part of a bigger mission to recycle water city-wide, but neighbors still have their reservations.

The westside’s only reuse treatment facility would treat approximately 5.4 million gallons of liquid waste per day to irrigate westside parks and golf courses.

“This is part of a larger, long-term plan to make sure that we have sufficient water supplies for Albuquerque for decades to come,” David Morris with the Water Authority said. “Reuse and recycling is going to be a huge part of that.”

“I would definitely be for it because we need as much recycling as possible,” Carlos Queral of Albuquerque said.

The Water Authority bought the land from Bosque School a decade ago and said it had support from the school after meeting with them and neighborhood associations to discuss the potential plans.

Now, people in the area near Coors and Montano like the idea of saving water, but are worried about more development coming to that once quiet stretch along the Bosque.

“I’m for it if it’s going to look nice and not make an eyesore for the neighbors and do something great for our resources here for water,” Kari Vickerman of Albuquerque said.

“I don’t think there will be a big impact as far as views or anything like that or even traffic,” Morris added.

Additionally, Morris insists the state-of-the-art facility shouldn’t bother neighbors’ noses.

“It will be liquids only, no solids, and the odor control technology will be more than sufficient to make this a low-impact facility as far as the neighbors are concerned,” he explained.

The whole project should cost over $100 million because it includes the price of the facility and the pipeline to carry the recycled water around the west side.

The Water Authority would pay for it through bonds. It could be seven to 10 years before that treatment facility is built.

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