Mill Pond Refuge
Landscape Construction Underway!
The landscape construction at the detention pond began summer 2016. The completed installation includes:
- Irrigation system
- Planting installed with ID signs on all plant material
- Perimeter walking path
- Fencing around slope of pond area
- Benches and trash receptacles
- Educational signage about project
Treatment System Installed
The on site wastewater treatment system was installed in October 2015. Construction on the Madera Crossing multi-family housing located within the Sawmill Community Land Trust in Albuquerque will be completed August 2016. The flushing toilets from this building will generate the water reuse for planting.
- First commercial site in New Mexico to receive permit for on site treatment and reuse
- System treats up to 2000 gallons daily from Madera Crossing apartments
- Recycled water to be reused to support planting in 1.5 acre detention pond in land trust with a ZERO WATER FOOTPRINT
- ZERO WATER FOOTPRINT means that no freshwater will be pumped to support the planting.
The New Mexico Water Collaborative in partnership with Pacificap Properties Group, and the Sawmill Community Land Trust are working to design and implement an onsite waste water treatment system to treat up to 2000 gallons of waste water from a new multi-family housing building within Sawmill Village in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Since 1994, the Sawmill Community Land Trust has worked to develop vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods through the creation and stewardship of permanently affordable housing for low to moderate income families. The land trust in partnership with PacifiCap Properties Group has developed the Sawmill Village, a mix of residential and commercial properties.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this innovative and inspiring water reclamation project which will both enhance our immediate environment and provide an example of what can be done through the implementation of forward-thinking conservation strategies. With the help of The New Mexico Water Collaborative, we are setting a high standard for responsible development in New Mexico.”
Wade Patterson, Former Executive Director, Sawmill Community Land Trust
The newest project in the development of Sawmill Village, Madera Crossing, is a multi-family housing project beginning construction in 2015 and is scheduled for completion in 2016. Located within the Sawmill Community Land Trust is a 1.5 acre detention pond that serves to collect the majority of storm water runoff for the thirty-five acres of the land trust. The detention pond is a large area degraded with slope erosion and stabilization issues in recent years. The New Mexico Water Collaborative proposed the creation of an urban green space in the detention pond, supported with recycled waste water from the new multi-family housing project.
The onsite waste water treatment system will treat and reuse up to 2000 gallons of waste water per day from this new construction to support plantings in the detention pond. No fresh water will be pumped to create this open space oasis within this urban setting. This is a zero water footprint for the pond!
In 2014 the project received permit approval from The New Mexico Environment Department and established the precedent in the state for the first commercial building using on site recycled waste water in the landscape.
The implementation of planting in and around the pond, along with a perimeter walking path, and fencing around the pond slopes will create a wonderful amenity for the 270 Sawmill community members, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods of Wells Park and Old Town.