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Water committee updated on Ute project

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The Clovis Water Policy Advisory Committee received a presentation from the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority (ENMRWA) about the Ute Pipeline Water project on Tuesday at their meeting.

Barbara Crockett, a water authority consultant, gave a power point presentation showing the background of the project and the progress it has made.

Crockett showed the committee the depletion rate of the Ogallala Aquifer, which is at one-half foot to 5.8 feet each year.

“This project is critical to our community. Ute Lake is not sustainable, but renewable,” Crockett said.

Crockett showed the committee designs of the pipe connections from the intake structure at Ute Lake to Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base, the pipes connecting to Portales and Elida’s pump station at the end.

Committee members asked about whether the pump station will be actually used by Elida as the plans shown did not have pipes going to the town.

Crockett said it would go to Elida and the pump station, which is located by Portales’ Industrial Park, will be used by the city of Portales for industrial uses. The Elida pump station is scheduled to be complete in 2015.

Crockett said work at the intake structure at Ute Lake is almost complete.

ENMRWA was shown to have raised $7.3 million from members, $32.5 million from the state of New Mexico and $6.8 million from the federal government. The estimated cost of the project is $550 million.

“Our members do a great job supporting us as does New Mexico,” Crockett said.

Crockett said they are continuing to seek funds from the federal level.

“This is vitally important we continue this project. It has to go forward,” said committee member Gene Hendrick.

Additionally, the meeting included a report from EPCOR District Manager Brain Daly. Daly reported they are running at 43 percent capacity for the city of Clovis for the majority of September. Daly said this is due to cooler weather and conservation efforts the city has taken.

He said EPCOR capacity is at 11.1 million gallons, up 1 million gallons from last year.

“We hope to be at 12.2 million gallons next year, we just have to wait and see,” Daly said.

Committee members also decided their next meeting will be in February.