- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - The federal government is funneling another $2 million toward a pipeline project aimed at bringing billions of gallons of water a year to parts of eastern New Mexico.

Members of the state’s congressional delegation announced the funding from the Bureau of Reclamation on Tuesday.

Supporters of the project say this is the largest financial award to date.

The pipeline would bring water from Ute Reservoir to Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, Portales and other communities along the Texas-New Mexico border. Officials say about 70,000 people would be served.

The project has been decades in the making to ease the strain on the Ogallala aquifer. But the price has ballooned to more than $550 million, and the Bureau of Reclamation has acknowledged it could end up costing $750 million.

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