Clovis postpones decision on water rights purchase

Created: 06/26/2014 8:18 AM
By: The Associated Press

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Clovis city commissioners were set to consider a $1.8 million proposal to purchase water rights from an eastern New Mexico farming family to ensure supplies for Cannon Air Force Base.

But the special meeting scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled. City officials did not say why, only that it would be rescheduled for a later date.

The proposal calls for buying water rights associated with more than 900 acres of farmland owned by J.L. and Betty Lou Wall.

Clovis and the base depend heavily on the Ogallala Aquifer. Hydrologists have warned that the underground water supply has been declining for many years.

City officials say ensuring Cannon has a sustainable water supply is critical for the community given that the base has such a significant economic impact throughout the region.

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