The Rio Rancho Governing Body adopted the Final Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) for 2023 to 2028.
Although the ICIP is used primarily as a planning tool, the city has outlined expenditures that are close to $500 million, with a little more than half possibly allocated to water: water production, wastewater treatment, and recycled water. Expected expenditures for the five-year period are close to $500 million, with more than half that figure — $266,731,049 — allocated to water: water production, wastewater treatment, and recycled water.
Water production includes items such as new water tanks and re-drilling wells to remove arsenic; recycled water projects include injection wells. Expenditures for water production, which include items such as new water tanks and re-drilling wells to remove arsenic, are expected to be nearly $117 million, while expenditures for wastewater treatment should be a little over $60 million. For recycled water projects, which includes injection wells, the expected expenditure is close to $14.5 million.
The city outlined possible projects for the Department of Public Works, including addressing drainage issues and continuing work on the Southern Boulevard Reconstruction project, as well as the Northern Boulevard Widening project. The Department of Public Works should also receive ICIP funding to address drainage issues and quite a few transportation issues, including a little over $38 million for Phase II of the Southern Boulevard Reconstruction project and close to $28 million for Phase II of the Northern Boulevard Widening project.
Others expected to benefit from ICIP funding include both the fire and police departments; parks, recreation, and community services; and administration.