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Artesia leaders get details on water cleaning apparatus

Members of the Artesia community listen to details of systems that could chlorinate the water supply on a full-time basis during the Artesia City Council meeting Tuesday night. (Mike Smith Photo)

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ARTESIA — The Artesia City Council could be moving closer to purchasing a chlorination system for the community water system.

Tuesday night, the council heard a presentation from Emily Dunnahoo, project representative from Occam Engineers in Albuquerque.

She and Occam’s president, Scott Verhines, presented a number of machines that city personnel could use to help chlorinate the water on a full-time basis.

During the meeting, Byron Landfair, infrastructure director, said water personnel are having to put chlorine tablets in the system on a regular basis.

Earlier this year, Artesia was under a couple of boil water alerts as E. coli was found in the system.

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Dunnahoo presented a number of options for the council to consider.

One was an ultraviolet system. Dunnahoo said one advantage it had was a reduction in chlorine. The cost of the system is $65,000.

She also presented an ozone system to city leaders. However, she wasn’t given a quote by any company. She added the capital cost “is expensive to operate,” she told the council.

The council also heard the pros and cons of some other systems.

“There was six alternatives up there,” said Raul Rodriguez, District 1 city councilor.

“In trying to decipher what’s gonna be the best alternative for our community, and to treat our water, is gonna be a decision that we’ve been waiting for,” he added.

He said Occam should have a recommendation by the next meeting Nov. 7.

Rodriguez was asked what he thought of Occam’s presentation.

“I think that we kind of skimmed through them a little quick. Of course it takes you a while to decipher this and come up with questions. But, I’m sure between now and the next meeting will have more questions on some of these systems that were offered,” he said.

The water situation also prompted a discussion regarding the city’s website and social media.

“Facebook is helpful when used in a positive way,” said Luis Florez, District 2 councilor.

He said Facebook can also be a deterrent as negative information was also flowing during the E. coli situations.

Sandi Countryman, human resources director, said the various department heads will be discussing the proposal and then it will be adopted as policy.

“The department heads will comment and offer suggestions,” she said.

In other action from Tuesday night, the council approved some hires for the fire, finance and administration and water departments.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

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