City’s proposed purchase of water rights tabled

Staff report

The Economic Development Tax Advisory Board tabled a decision to buy water rights from a local land owner for Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday after committee members requested additional information pertaining to water volumes.

The city is considering buying 930 acres worth of water rights from local farmer J.L. Wall to avoid a water shortage at CAFB.

Wall’s land is west of Clovis, adjacent to CAFB and its off-base housing.

At a price of $2,000 per acre, the total cost for the water rights, plus 10 wells and piping and easements for future wells, would be $1.86 million.

Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said after EDTAB members discussed the results of water testing on the property, board members were concerned the water quantity was less than what was anticipated.

Thomas said board members originally had hoped that the 10 wells combined would pump 1,200 to 1,400 gallons per minute. He said numbers from testing indicated significantly lower production with the combined wells estimated to pump 800 to 900 gallons per minute.

He said not all of the wells on the property were tested but out of those tested, many pumped 100 gallons per minute and the strongest pumped 400 gallons per minute.

“They wanted to try to get some water volumes for the wells on Cannon Air Force Base to see if the water levels were consistent with the active wells on Cannon,” Thomas said. “They just wanted to compare if the output compared to those (wells) on base.”

The EDTAB will hold a follow-up meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Assembly Room at Clovis City Hall.