New Mexico American Water requests rate increase

CNJ staff

Clovis New Mexico American Water customers could see their water bills go up as early as next year if the state Public Regulation Commission approves a requested rate increase.

NMAW filed the request Wednesday in an effort to generate money for $8 million of infrastructure investments to provide adequate water to Clovis, according to a NMAW press release.

The increase would be about an additional $10 a month for a customer using 5,000 gallons of water, the release said.

NMAW Vice President Daniel Bailet said the last rate increase in Clovis was in 2008.

The proposed increase would generate about $2.6 million a year, to “fund infrastructure improvements that have improved the supply and reliability of the Clovis water system and cover increased operating costs,” the release said.

Bailet said NMAW’s pumping capacity is down 10 percent and the decline has created challenges for NMAW.

“We’re scrambling to keep up,” he said.

In coming weeks NMAW also plans to announce a new program to lease from area water rights owners.

For more information on the rate increase application and other water issues, visit: www.amwater.com