Saturday, April 17, 2010

On Sunday April 18th at 10AM we will be planting and demonstrating how we can all as a Community work together to plant, care for and cultivate our own Gardens. All it takes is time, "sweat equity" and respect for each other and we will have a crop from which we can all benefit.

There will be some time for getting to know each other and get some rich earth on our hands - just add water and love for the people; the rest will come naturally. See you there.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Please Mail Back Your Census Form

There’s still time…so fill out and mail back your census form TODAY!

  • If you have not received a census form in the mail, or think you were left off your household’s census form, you can pick up a Be Counted form to ensure you are counted.
  • Be Counted forms, available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian, can be picked up in nearly 39,000 community locations nationwide and mailed back in the attached postage-paid envelope.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Information about the Southside Non-Potable Water Re-Use Project

The Southside Non-Potable Water Re-Use Project
Facilities at Puerto del Sol Municipal Golf Course

About the Southside Non-Potable Water Re-Use Project
The Southside Re-Use Project will use treated domestic and industrial wastewater, piped from the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s Southside Water Reclamation Plant, to irrigate turf at some parks, ball fields, and other recreational areas. By reclaiming wastewater and industrial effluent and using it on public landscapes, we can save our high-quality drinking water for just that: drinking. This will allow us to reduce our reliance on unsustainable pumping and protect our aquifer as a drought reserve. When it becomes operational in late 2010 or early 2011, the Southside Re-Use Project will save about 2,500 acre-feet of water annually, equal to the annual amount of water used by about 7,500 homes.

Why the Puerto del Sol Municipal Golf Course?
The Puerto del Sol Municipal Golf Course was chosen as the location for the project for several reasons:
1) It is centrally located in the area to be served by the Southside Project, which stretches from University Boulevard on the west to past Louisiana Boulevard on the east and from Avenida Cesar Chavez on the north to south of the Albuquerque International Sunport on the south;
2) It is situated along the route for the pipelines that will deliver non-potable water to the area; and
3) It is high enough that water used for irrigation can be delivered by gravity and pressure can be boosted as needed to energize the sprinkler heads that deliver the water.

Facilities Included in the Project
The project includes a new, non-potable (non drinkable) water effluent re-use booster pump station to be built within the boundaries of Puerto del Sol Municipal Golf Course. Facilities in the project include:

  • A 2-million-gallon, ground-level steel water storage tank to be painted in attractive Southwestern colors
  • A 1,730-square-foot, 18-foot-tall masonry pump building that will house three booster pumps and related piping, a surge tank, a disinfection system, a manual bridge crane, electrical power supplies and plumbing
  • About 1 1/3 miles of buried pipeline ranging from 4-24 inches in diameter installed across the golf course
  • A berm (earth bank) and trees to shield the view of the project
  • Relocation of existing trees

Improvements to Puerto del Sol Municipal Golf Course
As a result of this project, there will be several improvements to the Puerto del Sol Municipal Golf Course, including:

  • A gravel access road and access path improvements
  • About 100 new trees
  • Landscaping sprinkler improvements

Construction Timeline
Construction began in late March 2010 and is scheduled to be completed by mid October 2010. The project is broken down into two basic phases with different work days and work hours.

Phase 1

April through Late May/early June 2010
Completion of the steel storage reservoir and pump station building shell
Crews are currently working Monday-Friday – 7 a.m.-10 p.m. to prepare the site, but will extend their working hours to Monday-Sunday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. when actual construction of the storage tank begins in mid to late April. Also, they may work longer hours if needed due to an unforeseen circumstance or the need to complete a certain project activity. All deliveries of construction materials to the golf course will be between 6-7 a.m. or from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

June-October 2010
Completion of buried pipeline and booster station facilities
To avoid disrupting access to the course by golfers, crews will work at night, from 8 p.m.-4:30 a.m. Monday-Friday and Saturday or Sunday as needed. Access to all cart paths will be restored daily as needed. Again, crews may work longer hours if needed due to an unforeseen circumstance or the need to complete a certain project activities. All deliveries of construction materials to the golf course will be between 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Construction Team
Engineer – Molzen-Corbin & Associates, P.A.
Contractor – RMCI, Inc

Persons to Contact with Questions, Concerns, Etc.:

Patti Watson
Cooney, Watson & Associates, Inc.
(505) 245-3134 direct office line
(505) 269-9691 cell phone
(505) 292-7105 home
Eric Martinez
Cooney, Watson & Associates, Inc.
(505) 245-3138 direct office line
(505) 850-0163 cell phone

Thank you for your patience during construction!