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Phase 3 of $12 million water project begins in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD — A $12 million water project is part of the City of Carlsbad’s plan to prepare for the future.

Phase 3 of the Double Eagle project broke ground Dec. 17.

It includes the construction of a 5 million gallon water reservoir and a chlorination facility.

“This is the third phase of a massive project that first began in 2012 designed to bring up to 6 million gallons of water per day from the system near Maljimar to Carlsbad,” said Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway. “Our rapidly growing community will have two sources of water and a bright future ahead.”

Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project were completed with the installation of 39 miles of waterline connecting the site which holds a 1 million gallon water tank with water tanks north and east of Maljamar. About $26 million was spent in the first two phases.

An additional 5 miles of waterline will be added during the new construction. The waterline will pass over land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico Department of Transportation and multiple private properties.

The City of Carlsbad is currently served by the Sheep’s Draw, but City officials expressed concern over declining water levels during a statewide drought.

The Double Eagle fields were purchased in the 1970s but served only a small number of users.

The project will allow the City of Carlsbad to increase the volume of water available to Carlsbad residents as the city, its economy and oil and gas extraction grow in the area.

Smithco Construction Inc. was awarded the construction contract and is expected to begin work in spring 2019.

“This project, Double Eagle Phase 3, is a a very significant project that will allow the City of Carlsbad to fully utilize the Double Eagle water system and in the future the Tatum water system,” said City Manager Mike Hernandez.

“This is a project that will start in 2019 and is expected to last 20 months.”

Hernandez thanked XTO Energy for its donation to the project. The oil giant, with a presence in the Permian Basin that includes over 500 employees and an office in Carlsbad, partnered with the city to fund the project.

“XTO Energy is proud to partner with the City of Carlsbad on Phase 3 of the Double Eagle water project. As we all know, water is one of our most valuable resources, especially in the desert. We appreciate the efforts the City is making to ensure quality, sustainable water resources for years to come for our growing population,” said Wes McSpadden, XTO Delaware Basin Production Superintendent.

“As an industry leader in innovation, XTO supports the City’s forward-thinking approach, and we applaud them on their efforts on this project.”

Jessica Onsurez can be reached at 575-628-5531, jonsurez@currentargus.com or @JussGREAT on Twitter.

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