Officials: Could be 2 more months to fix Portales leak


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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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