Navajo powerplant could be key to Sandoval BWRO

Robin Wiseman, Editor, Desalination & Water Reuse

A Navajo tribal enterprise to colocate a gas-fired power plant could be a key element of a proposed desalination plant for brackish groundwater in New Mexico, USA. The plant is also looking at an annual revenue of US$ 4.6 million from selling waste residuals.

The commissioners of Sandoval County gave approval for design work to start on the plant, which would be sited west of Rio Rancho in the Rio Puerco basin on 21 January 2010.

Their approval was based on the findings of a preliminary engineering report, the purpose of which was to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the county's proposal to develop a wholesale water utility. It included an evaluation of various issues facing the County and presented a recommended action plan.

This article was first published in the February/March 2010 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

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