Eunice City Council Working to Solve Water Woes

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

EUNICE, NEW MEXICO - Water woes in Eunice have city leaders working out a plan of action.

Over the past couple weeks, they've shut the city water off twice to repair the 50-year-old damaged lines.

Construction workers hit on the main line without realizing it was beneath them.

Now, the city is compiling a game plan.

Over the next two to three years, they'll re-engineer the old system, and even add new stations, but officials got a pleasant surprise when the bids rolled in.

It was projected at $4 million and the bid came in at 1.7 million. So we have gone back to the State Environmental Dept and they have given us permission to go ahead and put phases 2 and 3 into the project. We had actually borrowed 5 million dollars. Everybody's water rate they are paying right now is what we borrowed the money on. So even if we put the next two phases in, it will not cost anybody more money," Eunice Mayor Matt White, said.

The almost two-million dollar project will replace about 30 miles of the city's old, damaged water lines.