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Posted on: April 11, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Performs Inspection of Gas Transmission Lines

LCU Inspection of Gas Transmission

By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 4/11/21

It might be hard to understand why a Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Corrosion Technician has what looks like ski poles, a rolled wire backpack, and is staring down at a small screen hanging on his c...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Water Outage Planned on Melendres and Miranda Streets

image of faucet dripping water

Residents along Melendres Street (from Picacho Avenue to Mountain Avenue), Bonita Circle and Miranda Street (from Picacho Ave. to Mountain Ave.) will experience a water outage on Tuesday, April 13, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a new water ma...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Melendres Street Road Closure

Lane Closure

Melendres Street between Picacho Avenue and Mountain Avenue will be closed to through traffic on Monday, April 12, 2021. The closure will be between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. As part of the City of Las Cruces Van Patten Avenue Reconstruction Project,...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

LCU Disputes Penalty and Natural Gas Price Hike from February Winter Storm

Gas Meter

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) announced today it is challenging a penalty levied by its natural gas transportation provider and contesting the suppliers’ market price hike due to the mid-February winter storm that struck most of North America. The unpreceden...

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Posted on: April 8, 2021

City Council to Meet for Work Session on April 12 and a Special Work Session April 13

A group photo of the Las Cruces City Council, who will serve from January 2020 through December 2023

The Las Cruces City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2021 via video conference for a Work Session.

City Council will discuss a proposed initiative that could limit single-use plastic bags in Las Cruces. Among some of the potential benefits of ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

City Council Recap for April 5

A group photo of the Las Cruces City Council, who will serve from January 2020 through December 2023

The Las Cruces City Council unanimously adopted a Resolution at its April 5 regular meeting that supports the transition of City government’s fleet to zero-emission vehicles and will ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

Increase to Natural Gas Bills to Begin in May

Stovetop burner

Beginning with the April billing cycle, Las Cruces Utilities’ (LCU) customers will notice a small increase in their monthly bills. LCU will begin to recover the costs from the historic “arctic freeze” of winter storm that affected the Southwest in mid-Feb...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Water Conservation in Action with New Las Cruces Utilities NO-DES Truck

LCU No Des Filter

By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 4/9/21

With the help of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) project, the City of Las Cru...

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Posted on: April 4, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Helps Disburse Various City and Community Aid and Utility Bill Balances

By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 4/4/21

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) works with many City of Las Cruces (City) departments that together are working to help residents and businesses come through to the other side of the pandemic, especia...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Spring/Summer Water Restrictions

Brown Dog

Citywide spring/summer water restrictions will begin April 1. The annual restrictions prohibit the watering of outside vegetation between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

A watering schedule allows residents with even-numbered addresses to water o...

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Posted on: April 2, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Sewage Line Extension now moves in to Phase II at Hacienda Acres Subdivision

By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 4/2/21

During the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session, a $1,006,370.00 grant was approved for the Las Cruces Septic Systems Replacement project, Hacienda Acres is one of two areas in Las Cruce...

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Posted on: March 28, 2021

Closer to a Sustainable Future: Assistant City Manager Tours LCU Facilities

LCU ACM Tour (2)

By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 3/28/21

A blustery and chilly day made for dramatic skies around the Organ Mountains, especially with the view from Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) East Mesa Water Reclamation Facility. There were more peopl...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Deputy Director Selected for Duke University’s 2021 Water Innovation Leadership

LCU Carl Clark after pic

By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 3/26/21

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Deputy Director Environmental & Technical Support Carl Clark has been selected as one of the 17 fellows in the yearlong 2021 Water Innovation Leadership ...

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Posted on: March 21, 2021

When Winds Blows, Make Sure Trash is Bagged

LCU Windy Trash Bin (1)

By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 3/21/21

It’s that time of year that stirs up dust in the Rio Grande Valley, but the spring winds also capture stray trash, particularly if it’s not bagged. Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) reminds residents t...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Bringing the Banquet Home: Las Cruces Utilities Annual Awards Celebration

LCU Dinners and Awards Delilah and Gilbert

By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 3/19/21

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) typically holds their annual awards ceremony during a banquet where associates receiving awards are recognized for their years of service. Those associates c...

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Posted on: March 14, 2021

February Arctic Freeze to Affect Las Cruces Utilities Customer Bills

Gas Meter

By G. H. Scott 

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 3/14/21

Due to the extremely cold temperatures in mid-February, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is taking steps to insulate customers from significantly higher natural gas bills. Because of pro-active...

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

From Temporary to Opportunity: Las Cruces Utilities Allows for Growth

LCU Alvarado

By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 3/12/21

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Solid Waste Laborer Ariana Alvarado likes to work with her hands. She was happy to get a temporary 20-hour per week position at LCU back in June 2020.

Previou...

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Posted on: March 4, 2021

COMMUNITY SNAPSHOT - Hillrise Elementary Accepts Award For Naming Sewer Truck

By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 3/4/21

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) presented a plaque to Principal Karin Hite and Assistant Principal Jennifer Martin of Hillrise Elementary School for their successful naming of the LCU sewer ...

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Posted on: March 7, 2021

Free Mulch Ready for Pickup at Las Cruces Utilities Foothills Landfill Composting Facility

LCU Compost Ready

By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 3/7/21

Residents may be interested in getting back in their gardens, and composted mulch from Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is again available, free for pickup, at the LCU Foothills Landfill Comp...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Adds Value to Academics for NMSU Graduates

LCU Intern

By Cassie McClure  

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 3/5/21

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Intern Isuru Abeysiriwardana has spent most of his career in academics and hopes to continue doing research in environmental engineering. However, A...

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Posted on: February 28, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Bill Assistance Helps Local Businesses

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By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 2/28/21

It’s hard to admit when a bill can’t be paid. For businesses, it can seem like an extra blow during troubled times, when it’s up to owners to support not ...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities to Resume Compost Pickup

LCU Compost Pickup

By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 2/26/21

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) resumes its free residential and commercial distribution of its Class A+ compost, which had been paused due to COVID-19. Residents can receive five buckets p...

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Posted on: February 21, 2021

Real-Life Experience at Las Cruces Utilities for NMSU Graduate Students

LCU Interns CP

By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 2/21/21

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) collaborates with New Mexico State University (NMSU) to give their graduate students access to the full scope of what lies beyond the textbooks and laborator...

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

From Trash to Gas: Las Cruces City Manager Tours Las Cruces Utilities

Ifo Pili

By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 2/19/21

The City of Las Cruces’ services spread wide across the area, particularly noticeable when Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) gives a tour. Covering the East Mesa Water Reclamation F...

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Posted on: February 14, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities Has A Vital Part in City’s Class 1 ISO Rating

LCU Water Fire Flow Test

By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 2/14/21

In December 2020, Las Cruces Fire Department (LCFD) learned that its Insurance Services Office (ISO) Inc. Public Protection Class 1 Rating would remain in effect for the City of Las Cr...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Las Cruces Utilities and Hillrise Elementary Present: R.U.B.B.L.E

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By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 2/12/21

Back when schools were still in session in 2019, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) went looking for a name for its robotic sewer truck. LCU had success naming its roadrunner “Aguaci...

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