City focuses on new wastewater treatment plant

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Alisa Boswell The next big project in Portales may mean cleaner water, according to Portales City Manager Tom Howell. The city recently signed a contract with Smith Engineering of Albuquerque for building a new wastewater treatment plant in Portales. Howell said city officials estimate the new plant will be in the same location as the […]

Elida, Texico come to agreement with state

Argen Duncan For Elida to continue with its water system project and Texico with its wastewater project, both communities need to submit a proposed schedule and revised budget to the state Department of Finance and Administration, showing how the work will finish by the end of the year. Municipal and New Mexico Environment Department officials […]

Cannon wastewater treated, reused

USAF photo: Airman Maynelinne De La Cruz esse Frogge, an employee at the 27th Special Operations Wing Wastewater Treatment Plant, right, explains to Clovis High School students about the wastewater treatment process. By Staff Sgt. Richard Williams: 27th SOW Public Affairs Water is the fundamental element of life. Without it people would not survive. Most […]

Clovis officials express plant water concerns

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers The city of Clovis will give 20 acres of county land it plans to purchase to a New Jersey energy company for its biogas facility under a plan proposed to the Clovis City Commission. During a special meeting Tuesday, the Clovis City Commission approved the introduction of an ordinance to […]

Funds moved to help control odor problem

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors approved a $250,000 transfer from utility fund reserves to pay for a short-term fix for odors emanating from the wastewater treatment plant during a special meeting Monday. They also used the opportunity to review a water, wastewater and solid waste rate study. Freeing up the reserve […]

Dairy company hears residents’ smell concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor DairiConcepts officials said Wednesday work being done to remedy an odor problem associated with its wastewater that drew the ire of neighbors last summer should be completed by the end of May. DairiConcepts, a milk processing plant that produces primarily a powdered product called milk protein concentrate met with […]

City looks to combat odor problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors spent a good portion of Tuesday’s regular meeting dealing with odor issues — both their own wastewater treatment plant and a complaint that a dairy south of the city could potentially add to the smell. Councilors heard an update from Public Works Director Tom Howell on […]

Wastewater troubles arise

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Nitrogen levels up to double the city standard have stalled plans for Clovis to handle Southwest Cheese’s wastewater. In the meantime, Southwest Cheese has been applying 1 million gallons of treated wastewater daily over about 1,000 acres of cropland for about a year, Southwest Cheese President Maurice Keane said. […]

Sewer smell is back in Portales this summer

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A strong sewer smell is once again wafting across the city of Portales from the south this summer. Mayor Orlando Ortega said residents are letting city officials know they’re not happy with the odors emanating from the city’s wastewater treatment plant. “Here in the past few weeks I’ve been […]

Water outlook bleak for Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Charlie Wilson, a geohydrologist hired by the city of Portales, said the High Plains (Ogallala)aquifer is being depleted at a rate of two to six feet per year as part of his annual water conservation and use report. “The use exceeds the supply,” Wilson said. “It’s not being recharged […]

Residents lodge odor complaints at public meeting

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Brian Bonebright, vice president of operations for Dairi Concepts, summed up his company’s position when he said “Our intent is to fix the problem (odor).” However, whether or not residents living near the plant believe him is a different story. Some of the residents said they have heard that […]

City develops action plan for wastewater plant

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For some Portales residents, the current condition of the wastewater plant in the south part of the city — for lack of a better term — stinks. High nitrogen levels and a sludge buildup led to an unpleasant odor throughout the summer for many near the wastewater treatment plant. Matt […]

Clovis approves measures for cheese plant

By Jack King CLOVIS — Clovis city commissioners approved three items related to wastewater infrastructure for Southwest Cheese at a special meeting Monday. The items were a memorandum of understanding between the city and Southwest Cheese and two resolutions from the city requesting loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority. Under its agreement with Southwest […]

Cattle operations criticized over wastewater

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By Gary Mitchell Cows have long had homes in eastern New Mexico, in pastures and feedlots. So why are environmentalists concerned about dairy farms? Wastewater. “Feedlots tend not to be generating a large volume of wastewater,” said Maura Hanning, program manager for groundwater pollution prevention for the New Mexico Environment Department. “Dairies are the big […]