Water trust board awards $4.4 million to pipeline project

CNJ staff

The New Mexico Water Trust Board voted during its meeting June 1 to award $4,371,629.75 — its maximum allowable appropriation — to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, a pipeline project that would serve municipal and county agencies in Curry and Roosevelt Counties.

The board awarded a little more than $29 million in combined grants and loans towards 25 critical water projects around the state.

The project when completed will supply up to 16,450 acre feet of potable water from Ute Reservoir for municipal and industrial purposes to Clovis, Elida, Grady, Melrose, Portales and Texico.

These public agencies currently get their water from the Ogallala formation of the High Plains Aquifer.