Officials: Could be 2 more months to fix Portales leak

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PORTALES, N.M. (AP) – Officials in one eastern New Mexico community say it could take another two months to fix a leak that left a Portales street covered with water.

Resident Pete Trujillo told the Portales News-Tribune that he called city officials numerous times over the last two months about the leak.

City Manager Sammy Standefer says utility workers haven’t been able to isolate the problem. The goal is to fix it without shutting off the water for an extended time.

It’s unclear how much water the city has lost as a result of the leak, but Standefer called it an inconvenience rather than an emergency.

Portales is among the eastern New Mexico communities working on a multimillion-dollar pipeline project to bring more water to the drought-stricken region.

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