More than a decade in the making, a $1 billion project to provide a safe and reliable source of drinking water throughout northwestern New Mexico and tribal nations is better positioned for coordinated implementation after tribal, state, and federal partners recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The Navajo Nation, New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), and U.S. EPA recently signed the MOU to support the success of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which will ultimately provide drinking water to an estimated 250,000 people based on population projections by 2040.
“Public health agencies can rarely solve complex problems alone,” said NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney. “The recent agreement between the Navajo Nation, U.S. EPA, and the Environment Department respects the jurisdiction of all agencies with a role in overseeing the success of water delivery throughout this massive project.”
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