CLOVIS (KSMX)- The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA) has been working toward the goal of fully constructing the Interim Ground Water Pipeline (IGWP) within the next three to five years. Over the past months the ENMWUA has met with partner agencies including the Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Management and Budget, and agencies within the State of New Mexico in an effort to secure funding to complete the IGWP. The IGWP consists of transmission pipeline that will connect up to 95% of the Authority’s population.
Currently under construction, is a 7 1⁄2 mile segment from northwest of CAFB connecting to their water system, then traveling east to Martin Luther King Ave. and Brady Ave. and connecting to Clovis’ water system (EPCOR). The funds for the next step in the process have been secured.
An important step with this effort involves a presentation to the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) on today (June 19) in Portales. The ENMWUA has been asked to present to the LFC regarding the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System (ENMRWS), specifically to report its progress and needs for the future. The message will be the significance of completing the IGWP as soon as possible.
The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System is a regional rural water supply project in east- central New Mexico federally authorized in 2009. The purpose of the project is to provide drinkable water to seven city and county member agencies and Cannon Air Force Base for municipal, commercial, and industrial use from a renewable surface water supply at Ute reservoir. The ENMWUA was enacted by the New Mexico State Legislature effective July 1, 2010.
The member communities are Clovis, Grady, Elida, Melrose, Portales (includes Roosevelt County), Texico, and Curry County.