Progress made on $12 million pipeline near Carlsbad

Staff Report

The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Work is about half finished on a 10-mile-long pipeline that will help New Mexico resolve its Pecos River water debt with Texas. That according to the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission.

The 12 million dollar pipeline is about 15 miles northwest of Carlsbad.

Officials say the pipeline should be finished by December.

The pipeline is designed to deliver about 20,000 gallons of water per minute from 13 wells to Brantley Dam.The commission says the project will help augment the Pecos River flow by about 15,750 acre-feet a year.

An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons of water.

The project is one of several actions New Mexico has had to take to make up an estimated 10,000-acre-feet-a-year Pecos River water deficit to Texas.