Medenales Cistern Installed

by Staff Reporter / Feb 06, 2018 / comments

Medenales Cistern Installed

This story is republished here, courtesy of the Abiquiu News (Abiquiunews.com). Check out the Abiquiu News for other stories related to the Abiquiu area. First, the well went in. Then, they dug a big darn hole in the ground. I mean BIG! That’s about 74 feet long and 15 feet wide, and 13 feet deep. Next came the tank.

First, the well went in. Then, they dug a big darn hole in the ground. I mean BIG! That’s about 74 feet long and 15 feet wide, and 13 feet deep. Next came the tank. 

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Then you put it in the hole and fill it back in again. Easy peezy.
So, as of today, the next thing to be done is to connect all the water pipes, the pumps, the electrical, the hydrants. Fill the tank with 40 thousand gallons of water, and pave everything. Then, Bob’s your uncle, you’re all finished and you have pressurized water hydrants in Medenales.

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This project was brought to you by the state of New Mexico Legislature a couple of years back. The AVFD asked for, and received a large grant from the state to put in a cistern. The county of Rio Arriba helped with planning, AVFD designed it, by our own Mario Manzanares, and Chief Eric Martinez and Assistant Chief David Klein did a huge amount of the work, planning, and hiring trades people. AVFD members also pitched in along the way. It was a very big effort and it should help our community greatly. We are also hoping it will lower the districts ISO rating which should help lower insurance rates, and maybe even earn the AVFD some more funding.