Press Release


June 17, 2019

Contact: Mr. David Lansford Board Chairman Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA) 801 Pile Street, Suite 214 Clovis, New Mexico 88101 575-935-4262

Water Authority Pursues Effort to Fully Fund Interim Ground Water Pipeline (IGWP)

CLOVIS, NM—The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA) has been working toward the goal of fully constructing the Interim Ground Water Pipeline (IGWP) within the next three to five years. Over the past months the ENMWUA has met with partner agencies including the Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Management and Budget, and agencies within the State of New Mexico in an effort to secure funding to complete the IGWP. The IGWP consists of transmission pipeline that will connect up to 95% of the Authority’s population. Those segments include Finished Water Three (FW3) from northwest of Cannon Air Force Base (CAFB) to Portales, Finished Water One (FW1) from north of CAFB to the future water treatment plant near Grady, NM, and CR12, a small segment connecting FW2 to FW1. Currently under construction, FW2 is part of the IGWP and is a 7 ½ mile segment from northwest of CAFB connecting to CAFB’s water system, then traveling east to Martin Luther King Ave. and Brady Ave. and connecting to Clovis’ water system (EPCOR). FW2 construction funds have already been secured.

An important step with this effort involves a presentation to the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) on Wednesday June 19, 2019 in Portales. The ENMWUA has been asked to present to the LFC regarding the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System (ENMRWS), specifically to report its progress and needs for the future. The message will be the significance of completing the IGWP as soon as possible. The IGWP is important as it allows the ENMWUA to utilize the pipeline in the interim with ground water sources while it continues to build toward Ute reservoir, which will eventually provide the seven-member communities and CAFB with up to 16,450-acre feet annual supply of renewable surface water. Ground water sources near the area of the FW1 and FW2 pipeline route have potential of providing a supplemental supply to Clovis, Cannon Air Force Base, and Portales.

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System is a regional rural water supply project in eastcentral New Mexico federally authorized in 2009. The purpose of the project is to provide potable water to seven city and county member agencies and Cannon Air Force Base for municipal, commercial, and industrial use from a renewable surface water supply at Ute reservoir. The ENMWUA was enacted by the New Mexico State Legislature effective July 1, 2010. The member communities are Clovis, Grady, Elida, Melrose, Portales (includes Roosevelt County), Texico, and Curry County.