The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System is a regional rural water supply project in east-central New Mexico. The purpose of the project is to provide potable water to eight city and county member agencies and Cannon Air Force Base for municipal, commercial, and industrial use.
The project will replace current groundwater supplies from the Ogallala (or High Plains) Aquifer with a renewable surface water supply (Ute Reservoir). Construction of Ute Dam was begun in 1959 and was completed in 1963, creating Ute Reservoir to store water for this purpose.
The members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA) include the communities of Clovis, Grady, Elida, Melrose, Portales (includes Roosevelt County), Texico, and Curry County.
A Message from our Chairperson
Happy New Year! As we settle into 2017, we are excited and looking forward to the year ahead. But first, I want to thank everyone that has worked on this project over the past 50 years. In the late 50's, some folks with amazing foresight recognized, that the rapidly declining Ogallala aquifer was not sustainable. A renewable water supply had to be developed to support viable and stable communities in Eastern New Mexico. We are thankful today that we have the opportunity to access water from Ute Reservoir, built and completed by the State of New Mexico in 1962. Over the years, several studies were completed, which led to the project as we know it today.
Since the project was authorized by the federal government in 2009, the State of New Mexico legislatively created the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. In addition, we have received about $35M in funding from the State of New Mexico, $8M from the federal government and $1.3 to $1.4M each year from the members of the Authority.
The first phase of the project's intake facility is near final completion. This is the actual straw in the reservoir that will allow the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority to pump water to the member communities and Cannon Air Force Base. The "interim" groundwater phase of this project is well underway, with the design of the pipeline that will connect Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis completed, and the design of the pipeline that will connect Portales in progress.
I believe the communities that will be served by this project need to remain focused and committed to moving forward. Thank you all for your dedication, teamwork, and support to our communities and Cannon Air Force Base!