The United States Federal government, the United States Bureau of Reclamation the Navajo Nation and New Mexico state agencies have not relented in their effort over the past eight years to provide Navajo Nation residents with access to potable water. Following the construction of Reach 24 and Reach 25.1 in 2016, which provided 10.7 miles of 14-inch potable water distribution mains near counselor, New Mexico, the same funding, design and construction team continued their efforts with Reach 26.1 and 26.2, starting construction on another 18.7 miles of 10- and 12-inch potable water distribution mains from Ojo Encino to Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico. Funding and engineering support were again provided by the United States Bureau of Reclamation and the Navajo Nation again solicited the assistance of local Albuquerque engineering firm Souder, Miller & Associates. Finally, the Navajo Nation’s own contractor, Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority (NECA) successfully negotiated the contract to continue building the Navajo Nation’s water infrastructure following the successful completion of Reach 24 and 25.1.
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