The Village of Hatch Public Works department is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of all water wells, water lines and tanks, airport grounds, cemetery plots, village buildings, streets and signs, as well as hanging banners for events, Christmas and the Chile Festival.
Mike Castillo is the Public Works Director and has been with the Village of Hatch for 18 years. He is responsible for daily checks for signs of water breaks, Village of Hatch vehicles, and the wastewater lift station. Mike also makes sure all streets are clean and street signs are intact. He is a certified swimming pool operator (maintaining chemical levels at the Judd Nordyke Municipal Pool), street sweeper operator, heavy equipment operator, and performs some electrical work. He is currently in the process of exchanging the bulbs on the street lights on Franklin St. and Hall St. to LED bulbs, which will create a brighter and more energy efficient community.
Chris Romero (12 yrs+), Sammy Castillo (10 yrs+), Victor Chairez, and Francisco Lucero are Public Works employees. They are heavy equipment operators and street sweeper operators. These are the guys that do everything from raising the American Flag at all Village of Hatch public buildings every morning and taking it down every evening to digging underground to find a break in our water lines.
The Village of Hatch Public Works Department has a person on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency safety issues. The phone number is (575) 644-1307.
In 1996, The Village of Hatch received a brand new wastewater treatment facility. In 2011-2012 it received two new, larger capacity drying beds, six older drying beds were retrofitted, and a new UV disinfection system was installed.
Juan Duran is the Wastewater Treatment Plant Technician for the Village of Hatch and has been for over 23 years. Juan is level IV wastewater certified and level III water certified. Juan’s qualifications authorize him to run the lab for wastewater testing. Juan is an asset for the Village of Hatch. He is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all wastewater emergencies. His phone number is (575) 640-6215.