New Mexico American Water officials will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex to discuss a proposed rate increase, according to a company news release.
The water company in July filed a rate increase request to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. New Mexico American is proposing a 16 percent increase to recoup expenses from infrastructure improvements that increased water supply, according to Kathy Wright, the company’s general manager.
Infrastructure improvements included converting six agricultural wells for municipal use and installing a water main to the Clovis Industrial Development Park, according to the release.
The rate increase request is its second in two years. The PRC approved the water company’s 2006 rate increase request, which increased water rates by 12.6 percent.
City Attorney Dave Richards said during a City Commission meeting Nov. 6 that Clovis and the city of Edgewood are the only entities that have intervened in the rate case. A PRC hearing is scheduled in January.
Monday’s meeting will be broadcast on Cable Channel 6.