CLOVIS – Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation on Wednesday demanded the U.S. Defense Department help with drinking water cleanup in eastern New Mexico after traces of a cancer-causing pollutant were found in some wells.
U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, saying they were disturbed by the recent findings and expected the agency to take immediate action to protect citizens and the water supply.
The company in charge of Clovis’ water system found contaminants in 10 of its 82 wells at the point where the water would be piped to households. The utility immediately took the affected wells out of service.