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Residents invited to infrastructure meeting


September 15, 2019

CLOVIS — Residents with limited water access south of Clovis are invited to a meeting Tuesday evening to hear about recent and forthcoming infrastructure developments.

The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is sponsoring the meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Clovis Carver Library North Annex, with presentations from Western Bank representatives, EPCOR's Mark Huerta and Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority Administrator Orlando Ortega.

"It’s basically to bring them up to date on the infrastructrue that has been placed by EPCOR water company to the south (of Clovis)," EPCOG's Director of Economic Development and Government Affairs Raymond Mondragon told The News. "There’s been additional water lines moved in near (County Road 4)."

Mondragon said invitation letters were sent to 56 residents, of which "probably around 30" rely on wells that are going dry. Bank representatives will speak to a potential loan program that could assist residents in accessing the new infrastructure, with past estimates placing that connection cost between $25,000 and $50,000.

Ortega is scheduled to present on the Ute Water Project, "and how it could potentially benefit those water users to the south," Mondragon added.

"We wanted to ensure those residents south of the city that we had not forgotten about them and we were still concerned about their future access to water," he said.


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