Press release: Exploratory deep well in Clovis finds little water

CLOVIS, NM (Jan. 6, 2011) – Extensive testing of New Mexico American Water’s exploratory well into the Lower Dockum Formation has revealed a water source of insufficient quality and quantity to provide a supplemental source to the Ogallala Aquifer.

The exploratory well was drilled to determine if the Lower Dockum Formation, which lies below the Ogallala Aquifer, could serve as an additional source of water for Clovis. As the Ogallala declines it becomes more challenging and more expensive to supply water to customers in Clovis. In the past 10 years, New Mexico American Water has gone from 28 wells to 61 wells and is producing 20% less water.