Regional
3:23 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Border Depends On Flow Of Infrastructure Funds

In an ideal world, the process of getting water into every home and business would flow along like a river.

Chairman of the Camino Real Regional Authority Board Joshua Orozco says he wants the process to be smooth.

“We want to get to a point where you never have to hear about us…we’re just there…making sure everything’s okay.”

Where the Rio Grande narrows to a trickle, water infrastructure has not gone so smoothly along the U.S. – Mexico border in Sunland Park and Santa Teresa…where an influx of new business has the area trying to catch up.

“We…want to make sure that we are not an impediment to the economic development that’s happening here.”

About the only place you’re going to find large quantities of water out here in the desert is in huge storage tanks that contain millions of gallons of water

The storage tanks and water treatment plant keep things flowing, but the area needs more of both.

Jerry Pacheco is Vice President of the Border Industrial Association.

“Our mantra has been we have to keep infrastructure ahead of development….good working relationship we have with the administration.”

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, representing Gov. Martinez, came to Santa Teresa in support of water development.

Gov. Martinez and I are committed to water…. future of our state’s economy.

More money means more tanks and treatment plants. Sanchez said Gov. Martinez wants to spend 60 percent of the state's capital outlay budget on water infrastructure.

“Well, look you don’t have to be a Democrat or a Republican to understand that the need for water infrastructure is vital.”

In the meantime, the developing border waits on the flow of money from any side of the riverbed…a Republican governor or Democrat-controlled legislature both work just fine.