Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Water Standards Expensive.

Byline: Steve Shoup Journal Staff Writer

City Says Arsenic Rule Could Cost $21 Million

Rio Rancho will comply with a new federal rule to greatly reduce arsenic in drinking water, but it could cost the city up to $21 million over the next few years to do so.

"We're not real satisfied with this, but we're moving ahead toward compliance," Rio Rancho Utilities Director Larry Webb said Wednesday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced that the arsenic standard for drinking water will be cut from 50 parts per billion to 10 ppb.

"That's where we expected it, that's where it was rumored for some time," City Administrator James Jimenez said Wednesday. "Now we'll take a look at our cost estimates and see how much it will cost to comply."

Arsenic is common in ground and surface water in the West, and often originates from volcanoes. …

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