Understanding the challenges faced by small water systems is key to identifying planning strategies and solutions that improve access to high-quality water and reliable services and support. With the implementation of the McKinley County Vision 2020 Comprehensive Plan and the anticipated completion of the NGWSP line, local and regional planning initiatives stress the need to circle back to previous conversations on regionalization. Despite the challenges of today, the County is moving forward with local investments in preparing water systems to formulate the regionalization process.
Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project
The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project (NGWSP) is a major infrastructure project for our region that creates much needed support for rural communities to meet community and economic development needs. Once completed, the NGWSP line will convey reliable water supply from the San Juan River to the eastern section of the Navajo Nation, southwestern portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the City of Gallup. There will be over 300 miles of pipeline, 19 pumping plants, and 2 water treatment plants. For more information, go to Bureau of Reclamation's page at https://www.usbr.gov/projects/index.php?id=580
The County and its partners developed the McKinley County Small Rural Water Systems Appraisal Level Investigation report in 2015 that recognizes the status and needs of each system and which potential approach and project design will greatly benefit each community. This appraisal study is pursuant to the Reclamation Rural Water Supply Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. §§ 2401-2409 (Supp. 2011)) and appraisal criteria included in Reclamation’s Rural Water Supply Program interim final rule (43 C.F.R. Part 404) (Rule) (Code of Federal Regulations [CFR], 2009).