Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will be expanding and improving its non-potable water system in the North Community and in North Mesa.
DPU project managers for the non-potable water projects will hold a public meeting May 12 to discuss the scope and logistics. The project supports DPU’s long-term goal to conserve water to meet a strategic objective to achieve environmental sustainability. By improving and enhancing the storage capabilities of effluent from the Los Alamos Wastewater Treatment plant, DPU will displace drinking water with non-potable water for purposes of irrigating large grassy areas.
According to DPU officials, the project not only conserves the groundwater for drinking, but it will save money for Los Alamos Middle School and County Parks Department as non-potable water is less expensive than drinking water.
Scheduled to begin in July, the project will rehabilitate and repurpose a water tank just off of Arizona Avenue to be able to store an additional 500,000 gallons of non-potable water. The project includes the installation of a new pipeline along Arizona and across the golf course to connect into the existing non-potable system at Diamond. The existing North Mesa ball park pump station will be converted to a municipal booster station and a pipeline will be installed to connect the new booster station to the middle school tank near Loma Linda.
Further work also will occur at the middle school tank piping to eliminate the need for the middle school irrigation pump station.
DPU will explain the project in detail and answer questions at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday May 12 in a public meeting at the new Golf Course Community Building at 4244 Diamond Dr. Project information also is available on the county website under project pages here.