New Mexico American Water offering customer rebates

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

The city’s water provider is offering a series of rebates of up to $600 to encourage residents to use water-efficient appliances.

New Mexico American Water will pay the rebates for the installation of low-flow toilets and water-efficient washing machines.

The rebates, which will provide up to $150 each for up to three toilets and one washing machine, will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to company representative Jake Lenderking. The rebates will be credited toward water bills. Company officials said there is $100,000 available.

“Clovis has the need,” Lenderking told the city’s Water Advisory Committee on Tuesday. “The aquifers are declining and we’re worried about water in the future.”

Residents have to apply for the rebates, Lenderking said. Application forms and a list of qualifying washing machines will be available online or at the New Mexico American Water Clovis office by the end of the week, he said.

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting:

• The committee received proposed plans from Albuquerque-based engineering firm CDM regarding the engineering, design and construction of the first phase of the proposed effluent reuse pipeline project.

The proposed $16-million project would provide recycled water from the wastewater treatment plant to be used by the city for dust control and irrigation. The water could also be sold to other government agencies and private businesses.

Committee Chairman and City Commissioner Randal Crowder said the committee will review the materials and decide whether to recommend it during its May meeting for City Commission approval.