Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

City Looks At Reusing Waste Water.

Byline: Steve Shoup Journal Staff Writer

Idea May Be Alternative To Releases Into Rio Grande

Here's one way to reduce the amount of contamination in the waste water Rio Rancho releases into the Rio Grande: Don't release any water at all.

"This is an ambitious project we're embarking on," City Administrator James Jimenez told the City Council meeting Wednesday night.

The city is facing stricter standards from the federal Environmental Protection Agency on how much arsenic and fecal coliform bacteria it can release into the river.

Both arsenic and fecal coliform bacteria occur naturally in water. Arsenic has been linked to some cancers while fecal coliform, which exists in animal waste, can indicate the presence of harmful bacteria. …

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