What are those blue boxes popping up around the city?
Residents may have noticed 30-inch-high blue boxes popping up along the side of roads in Alamogordo. It is part of the Utilities Department's updated way of testing water throughout the city. Read on...
The City’s water comes from several sources, depending on seasonal and situational demands and the amount each can produce. The primary source comes from a system of spring compounds, infiltration galleries, and stream diversions in the Fresnal and La Luz Canyon systems.
The water collected from these areas is piped to the City’s 188 million-gallon raw storage and treatment facility in La Luz. The water is filtered and disinfected, gravity flows to the system, supplies Zones 2, 3, 4, and 5, and is pumped into Zone 1 via the Lower Heights Booster Pump Station.
On the City's southern end, a similar treatment facility receives water piped from the Alamo Canyon System. This facility is not provided with raw water storage, so all water collected is immediately filtered and disinfected then gravity flows to a 2,200,000-gallon ground storage tank (Lower Alamo). Water from this tank gravity flows to the system and supplies Zones 3, 4, and 5.