Funds ap­proved for sec­tion of pipe­line

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

CLO­VIS — The U.S. gov­ern­ment is fun­nel­ing an­other $4.3 mil­lion to a pipe­line project de­signed to one day bring bil­lions of gal­lons of drink­ing wa­ter an­nu­ally to com­mu­ni­ties in eastern New Mex­ico.

The lat­est in­fu­sion from the Bureau of Recla­ma­tion will help with con­struc­tion of a pipe­line to Can­non Air Force Base and Clo­vis.

Mem­bers of the state’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion say the money rep­re­sents the largest sin­gle-year award from the agency to the Ute pipe­line project, bring­ing the fed­eral con­tri­bu­tion so far to more than $20 mil­lion.

Decades in the mak­ing, the project aims to ease the strain on the Ogal­lala aquifer along the Texas-New Mex­ico bor­der by tap­ping into Ute Reser­voir.

Crit­ics say the cost will out­weigh the ben­e­fits as runoff that feeds the reser­voir could be un­cer­tain as drought per­sists.

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