Company beginning water main project

CNJ staff

New Mexico American Water has started a $250,000 project to replace what it calls undersized water mains at numerous locations across Clovis.

Spokesman Evan Jacobs said work began Wednesday and will continue for several weeks. Jacobs also said the work could cause temporary service interruptions and some minor traffic and parking issues.

The work will take place between 7th and 14th streets and Thornton and Mitchell streets. Water mains run through the back alleys in this area and the water utility will be replacing sections of water mains between alleys that bisect the streets.

Evans said work in each intersection is expected to take four days or less. Affected customers will be notified. Some customers may also have their water service interrupted for several hours during the day while construction

work is completed.

Evans said Customers will receive additional notices of planned shutoffs before they occur.

Evans said workers will replace smaller 2-inch water supply lines with 6-inch lines. He said the replacement is necessary to increase water flow for fire protection as well as to meet household customer demands.