NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The state of New Mexico is providing $30M in state funding for the Eastern New Mexico Water Supply Project. The pipeline will take water from the Ute Reservoir to the communities of Clovis, Elida, Portales, and Texico.

Clovis mayor Mike Morris says the project is a game-changer for his city, “The piece of the puzzle that is the solution to all of our water sustainability concerns going forward is the pipeline because through the pipeline, we now have a second source of water and that’s a renewable source.”

The feds are putting up $163M for the project while the state is contributing $30M from the Environement Department and the Governor’s Capital Outlay Budget. The project, which would bring billions of gallons of water to those communities, is expected to be completed in 2029.