- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A sewage lagoon that has threatened to spill into the San Juan River will be eliminated.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/1bkcLzH) that San Juan County in northern New Mexico will break ground on the project Tuesday following six years of concern.

The San Juan River flows into the Colorado River. A San Juan County official said raw sewage entering the river would be “catastrophic.”

The lagoon was built in 1957 to serve 25 homes but now handles twice as many.

A local contractor received nearly $2.6 million to decommission the lagoon. It will install a pumping station near the site to take sewage to the nearby city of Farmington.

The project could be completed in four months.

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Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com

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