A main water line was hit in the Cherry Lane area Thursday evening. A subcontractor working for Constructors Inc. on the sewer project struck the line. This resulted in a significant number of residents not having water for several hours. We sincerely apologize for this problem.
While this outage was unplanned, some residents understandably expressed their concerns that we did not do enough to provide information about the outage after it took place. While we did post this information on Facebook and sent it to local media, we recognize that not everyone uses social media. We are researching alternatives in terms of improving on our after-hours communication to make information about issues such as Thursday’s water outage more readily available to the public. We always looking for ways to improve.
Thank you to the individuals with our utilities department who worked hard on Thursday to restore water services and recover from this accident.
The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, in partnership with the Albuquerque Community Foundation, has developed a grant program called the brighter future fund for local nonprofits seeking to address issues related to education, economic opportunity and hunger.
Proposals are due by 5 p.m. April 30. The focus of this wave of grants will be on southern New Mexico, including Eddy County. Given the essential role Eddy County plays to our state’s oil and gas efforts, we certainly encourage our nonprofits here to apply. Grants will range in size from $5,000 to $10,000. For more information, please visit https://abqcf.org/grants/brighter-future-fund/
We’ve recently heard from a number of people who are concerned about trash and we want you to know that we completely agree. While cleanups through our beautification program are ongoing, the only way we’re going to solve this issue is through a multi-faceted approach that also involves education and enforcement. Our hard working cleanup volunteers could spend every weekend picking up trash, but it doesn’t solve the problem if other people just continue littering. One of the new educational efforts is the introduction of Carlos the Coyote- a costumed character who will be visiting our schools and attending public events to explain the importance of preventing illegal dumping. Be on the lookout for Carlos starting this week – and remind everyone you know that cleaning up Carlsbad is a team effort.
COVID-19 update: There were only two new positive COVID-19 cases reported in Eddy County on Thursday. The state’s newest gating criteria will come out next Wednesday, and we are very optimistic that Eddy County will remain Turquoise. Please help us continue to keep our numbers low.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway