House sends Udall Ute Pipeline water bill to the Senate

WASHINGTON – Today the House approved the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Act, a bill that will help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs. Introduced on April 3, 2008, by Rep. Tom Udall in the House and by Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in the Senate, the bipartisan legislation would authorize the federal government to build a pipeline from the Ute Reservoir through communities in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties.

“The House’s strong bipartisan approval for the bill shows that we came up with a smart plan that everybody can support,” said Udall. “Our Senators will now work to send this bill to the president so we can help mitigate the serious water challenges the Eastside will encounter in the future.”

New Mexico Senators Jeff Bingaman and Pete Domenici introduced identical legislation that was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on May 7, 2008.