Mar 04, 2009

Army Corps Helps with New Mexico Arsenic Removal

Corps is helping build inexpensive treatment systems

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is helping build treatment systems that will reduce levels of arsenic in the water of Rio Rancho and Bernalillo, N.M., residents, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

The systems are designed to be a relatively inexpensive way water utilities can reduce arsenic levels from the old federal standard of 50 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb, the Corps says.

As part of a cost-sharing agreement, the agency has spent $9 million for each community, according to the AP. There is still $24 million of work to do, according to officials.