N.M. Senators: Eastern New Mexico pipeline bill moves ahead in Senate

Freedom New Mexico

WASHINGTON — A key Senate committee approved a bill today authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to a press release from New Mexico’s Congressional delegation.

The legislation, called the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and can now be considered by the full Senate, the release said.

The measure authorizes the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to spend up to $327 million to assist the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority in the construction of the pipeline, the release said. The water will come from the Ute Reservoir, which was built on the Canadian River in 1959 as a sustainable water supply for eastern New Mexico.