Water utility asks city to withdraw water rights protest

CNJ Staff

The New Mexico American Water company is asking the Clovis City Commission to withdraw a protest against a request the water utility made to combine its water rights in Curry and Roosevelt counties.

The commission will decide during today’s meeting whether to comply with that request.

City commissioner and Mayor Pro tem Randy Crowder said Portales has filed a similar protest.

The city’s water utility filed a request last year to the state engineer to combine its water rights, which would lift restrictions on the amount of water it pumps from individual wells.

Company officials said the request would allow them to devise more efficient ways to provide water to their customers.

Property owners who own private wells said it would deplete their water sources.

In other business:

• Clovis city commissioners will decide today whether to approve an ordinances granting Southwest Cheese company a $100 million Industrial Revenue Bond.

The bonds exempt the company from paying property taxes. The company says it will use the money it saves to buy new equipment