Created: January 23, 2020 07:24 PM
ROSWELL, N.M.- The City of Roswell approved a 6.1 million dollar project in 2019 to install two water towers near the Roswell International Air Center.
Construction crews worked Thursday morning to get things started.
“5.5 million of the money is a loan from the Environmental Protection Agency drinking water loan and the rest of the money is city funds,” said city engineer, Louis Najar.
Najar said it’s a long time coming, since the city’s first water tower built in 1942-- but believes it was needed after the city conducted a water system study in 2012.
“One of the deficiencies was future development,” Najar said. “The airport area needed another water tower. This one was too small.”
The old water tower currently holds 500,000 gallons of water, but the new towers will carry 700,000 gallons of water each.
Najar said the towers will help firefighters with industrial fires and enhance water quality near the airport.
“If we had a really big major fire at one of these terminals, you can conceivably use up all the water,” Najar said. “With two water towers, you more than doubled the volume and the pressures can stay higher, because you have more volume to put out the fire.”
“Circulating the water will improve the water quality of the customers out here in the airport area,” he said.
Najar said the finished project will include the new Roswell logo, and is expected to be complete August 2021.
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