- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico has invited hundreds of state, county and local leaders to Pojoaque next week to talk about water infrastructure projects.

Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn says the two-day conference will give community members an opportunity to learn how to get the most out of funds awarded for water development projects.

During the last legislative session, a total of $89 million in capital outlay funds were appropriated to communities around the state to address crumbling drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

The problems associated with aging systems and growing maintenance costs have been exacerbated by years of drought in New Mexico.

Flynn says improving the sustainability of water supplies can lead directly to economic growth.

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