NMED Survey Confirms Ruidoso Plants’ Safe Water Supply
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) recently conducted a sanitary survey of Ruidoso’s water treatment plants to assess the village’s accessibility to safe and clean water. The environmental agency confirmed that the water produced at the city’s treatment plants was safe for public consumption.
NMED performed a Comprehensive Performance Evaluation (CPE) to establish a thorough analysis of water treatment plants in Ruidoso and oversee water quality issues throughout the city. Among the plants evaluated were the Alto and Grindstone facilities.
To identify performance limiting factors and develop strategies for optimizing overall plant operations, an exclusive CPE team was formed to focus solely on the plants’ operational elements. The team consisted of Jennifer House, Darrel Blanchard, Brock Emerson, and David Sohns. Upon finishing on-site experiments and interviews, the team noted that both Alto and Grindstone reservoirs did not meet the disinfection regulations for water treatment plants. To address this disinfection issue, the plumbing at both plants was reconfigured.
Despite the performance limiting factors present in the plants, both still produced reliable and safe water supply, the CPE team concluded. Furthermore, the team recommended the installation of a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system to improve the efficiency of the pre-chlorination process. The system would also ensure the effective monitoring of the water distributed to the entire Ruidoso community.
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