City, county back water conservation

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer

City and county officials signed a joint resolution Tuesday to encourage and support water conservation in the local area.
The resolution was designed to demonstrate solidarity among local entities in their efforts to preserve and conserve water. Clovis City Manager said the resolution will be sent to Santa Fe.

“(The purpose is to) send a message to the state that the eastern side of New Mexico is working toward water conservation efforts,” Mondragon said.

Officials and attorneys worked through several drafts of the document over the last couple of months before coming to the final agreement, Mondragon said.

County Commissioner Albin Smith said some of the original verbiage left some provisions too open-ended, and he was worried about signing and sending something like that to Santa Fe.

“I did have some concerns on the way it was worded initially, but we worked that out and it’s fine,” he said.

The county attorney worked to resolve the issues and the final draft was agreeable to all parties, officials said.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Harrell, vice wing commander of Cannon Air Force Base, said the water issue is also extremely important to Cannon, being part of the local community. Between a water reclamation project and xeriscaping effort on base, Cannon will save around 100 million gallons of water per year, he said.

“This is a big issue for us. We know it is a big issue for the city and the county,” he said at the meeting. “We want you to know that we are making a great effort to do it (conserve water), if you haven’t been out to see it.”

The resolution was signed Tuesday by representatives of five entities.

In all, the joint resolution will be signed by the City of Clovis, Curry County, Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis Municipal Schools, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Community College, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and New Mexico-American Water Company.

County and city officials meet quarterly for a joint meeting to keep dialogue open, the city manger said.