Albuquerque, New Mexico 2022-07-19 19:30:00 –
Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) – There was yet another sewer collapse in Albuquerque on Tuesday. It occurred at the intersection of 12th St. and Griegos Rd. Last week there was also a collapse at Coors Boulevard and 64th St. West. Push raw sewage into the Rio Grande..
David Morris, public relations manager for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Services Corporation, now has at least 80 miles of sewerage in and around Albuquerque, more than 50 years old, and has reached the end of its useful life. It states that it is. .. At this age, there is an increased risk of falling due to damage.
“These lines are so old that they can collapse at any time. Coincidentally, the two sections of these lines collapsed into each other in a short amount of time,” Morris says.
With the amount of sewerage and water that is considered a high priority for replacement, the Water Department is considering hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure work. According to Morris, this year’s sewerage replacement budget is $ 15 million, 25% more than last year. By 2028, Morris says he has doubled ($ 30 million) to repair miles of old routes.
A 5% rate hike was implemented on July 1st for residents in the jurisdiction of the Waterworks Bureau. This is the first rate hike in four years, most of which is part of capital improvement projects such as the replacement of old routes, Morris said. Still, Morris says it can take decades to replace all the old sewers.
“We have a plan and we are working on it. It will take a while, so we ask for the patience of people while processing the backlog,” Morris says. He says these infrastructure issues are national issues and Albuquerque is not the only one to see these issues occur.
Morris says that when installing a new line, it must be twice as long as the old line. Therefore, these new and improved sewers are expected to last 100 years instead of 50 years. “
The collapse of the sewers on 12th Avenue and Grigos Road is not expected to cause major problems beyond traffic delays as the roads will be closed for next week or so. Repairing the collapse of Coors Boulevard and 64th Street West is expected to take a few more weeks.
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