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City officials cut the ribbon and opened Las Cruces’ new water quality lab (WQL) Friday, Aug. 2 at 2845 W. Amador Ave.
“This new Water Quality Laboratory is obviously going to be a tremendous addition to the city’s Jacob Hands Wastewater Treatment Facility and to our city as a whole,” said interim City Manager William F. “Bill” Studer. “The size, alone, of the new lab is a major benefit. The new facility is almost 12 times larger than the previous lab, which was built more than 30 years ago.”
The nearly 12,000-square-foot building cost almost $4 million to build, according to city documents. Furniture and equipment in the facility is valued at more than $500,000. The building includes a lobby, two conference rooms, a wastewater lab room, a water lab, 13 offices, a shared office with six cubicles, a break room and a material receiving room.
“Another significant improvement is the new laboratory will have two lab rooms to separately test water and wastewater quality,” Studer sad. “The previous lab did not allow for that because of its limited space of about 1,000 square feet. The new, separate lab rooms will each be larger than the total square-foot size of the old lab. Also, the new Water Quality Lab will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, which has been a city priority in the construction of new city buildings and facilities for about a decade.”
The old Jacob Hands facility was identified as needing an expansion in the 1990, said Las Cruces Utilities Deputy Director Carl Clark, but the expansion was delayed due to budget constraints.
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