Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed an executive order that declares a state of emergency in Rio Arriba County as the village of Chama's water system remains inoperable.

A leak in Chama's drinking water system has forced the town to rely on potable and nonpotable water deliveries from the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

According to a news release from the Governor's Office, the department has secured the delivery of a water buffalo tank from the New Mexico Rural Water Association, as well as pallets of bottled water. The state also has delivered hundreds of thousands of gallons of water.

Lujan Grisham signed into law $800,000 in capital outlay funds in 2021 to improve Chama's water system, according to the news release, which added the state will work with the village to apply the capital outlay money and funding made possible by the emergency declaration to alleviate the problem.

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