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A State of Emergency has been declared for the Village of Cuba to supplement their water supply, gravely reduced due to water system infrastructure damage. Gov. Michelle Lujan signed an executive order on Friday making up to $400,000 to bring more water supply to the community.

According to a press release, the Village of Cuba is faced with aging water infrastructure and is already in the design phase for a nearly $5 million project to upgrade and improve the village’s drinking water system.

The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will temporarily provide supplementary drinking water to the community.

“The Village of Cuba is grateful to Gov. Lujan Grisham for this emergency declaration made necessary by the significant damage to our water utility infrastructure,” said Mayor Denny Herrera. “Village of Cuba residents, business owners, and surrounding communities depend on this natural resource. We thank the governor for making funding available to deliver water to our community.”