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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Utilities Online Bill Pay Will Be Unavailable Due to Scheduled System Upgrade

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Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, December 11, 2020, City Utilities customers will be unable to access the online payment function due to system upgrades. During the upgrade, customers may make their payments by telephone at 1-866-426-9757 and follow the paymen...

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Posted on: October 25, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities: Saving Bees from Water Meters

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A Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) water meter is sometimes the perfect home for a hive of bees – until an LCU field technician needs to access it. That’s when Anita Feil gets a call. Feil is the official LCU volunteer bee wrangler. She re-h...

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

Here to Help: Las Cruces Utilities Pilot Project Hire Brings Decades of Customer Service Experience

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 10/23/20.

After his first retirement in 2012 lasted only 28 days, it wasn’t surprising that his second might get cut short too. Victor Ortiz found his next challenge at Las Cruces Utilities (L...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

In-House Fabrication for Gas Lines: Las Cruces Utilities Behind the Scenes

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 10/16/20.

Natural gas is a clean, easy and cheap way to heat a home or run an appliance. However, working with its connections needs to be done by those certified in the process to make sure that no dan...

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Posted on: October 18, 2020

Advocates for the Public: Introduction to Las Cruces Utilities Board of Commissioners Part 2

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 10/18/20.

At Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), oversight to its projects and policies are guided by the Board of Commissioners for the City of Las Cruces Utilities (Board). The Board, established in December ...

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Posted on: October 11, 2020

Advocates for the Public: Introduction to Las Cruces Utilities Board of Commissioners

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 10/11/20.

At Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), oversight to its projects and policies are guided by the Board of Commissioners for the City of Las Cruces Utilities (Board). The Board, established in December ...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Hosts Tour for NMSU Compost Club for Upcoming Collaborations

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 10/09/20.

After Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Deputy Director Solid Waste Robin Lawrence scraped off the top layer of the compost mulch, she stuck her hand into the pungent pile. She was happy to feel warm...

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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Utilities Payment Dropbox Out of Service - Alternate Payment Options Available

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The City of Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Payment Dropbox located in the parking lot between City Hall and Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is temporarily out of service.  Beginning Monday, October 5, customers may make payments at the two cashierin...

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Posted on: October 4, 2020

Fusing Pipes on The Fly: Certification for Local Gas Workers

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By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Sun News 10/04/2020. 

When a gas pipe needs to be repaired in the field, it takes a steady hand and plenty of knowledge. It is also a process that needs yearly certification and Las Cruces Uti...

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities: Jobs for the Future

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By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 10/02/2020.

It’s early in the morning and the contractor is thrilled to see the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) truck pull up. LCU Intern Omar Muñoz is there to relocate a wate...

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Posted on: September 27, 2020

Changes in Utilities Development Impact Fees Benefit City Growth

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By Cassie McClure

At the Las Cruces City Council Work Session on Sept. 14, Council approved the reduction of the water development impact fees (DIF) and the increase of the wastewater DIF. While the allocation of who pays those fees will be further discuss...

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Posted on: September 25, 2020

Simple Techniques to Reduce COVID Exposure: Las Cruces Utilities Stays Safe

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 09/25/20.

Back in March, change happened quickly for everyone. At Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), the exception was that the services the staff provides to residents – gas, water, and trash dispos...

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Posted on: September 20, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Uses High-End Tech to Keep Infrastructure Secure

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 9/20/20.

A new pressure reducing valve was installed on Well 117 and it was time to connect it into the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) monitoring system. That system, known as SCADA (Supervisory Control and...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities: Thanks for Masking Up!

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 09/11/20.

Las Cruces Utilities thanks residents for masking up to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Our associates join you in keeping our community safe!

Mike Apodaca, Solid Waste Heavy Equipment Opera...

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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Know Your Metal: Las Cruces Utilities Fights Gas Line Corrosion

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 09/18/20.

Every pipe put in the ground can face damage, like rainwater shifting dirt and a line being punctured by rocks. However, steel gas lines face other challenges; they can corrode with rust over ...

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Posted on: September 13, 2020

City Council Votes to Rename Las Cruces Utilities Water Quality Laboratory to Honor Former Director

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun News 09/13/20.

Dr. Jorge A. Garcia, P.E., may not have known it at the time, that when he drove down from Utah to start work at Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) in 1989 as a utilities design engineer, he was in it...

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Posted on: September 6, 2020

City Growth May Mean New Trash Pickup Days for Customers

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By Cassie McClure

Published in the Las Cruces Sun News 09/06/20.

Las Cruces is growing, and with that growth comes a need for utility services at homes and businesses including natural gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste disposal. Las Cruces Utilities (...

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Posted on: September 4, 2020

Las Cruces Utilities Says Goodbye to Its Biggest Supporter

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By Cassie McClure 

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 9/4/20.

“A gentleman and a scholar, that describes Dr. Jorge Garcia,” said City of Las Cruces (City) Mayor Ken Miyagishima of retired Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Director Dr...

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

American Public Gas Association Shares COVID Tips with Virtual Tour

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By Cassie McCLure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin August 28, 2020.

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) hosted a Virtual Stop of the American Public Gas Association (APGA) on August 13th. During the meeting, the organization was able to share new best practices ...

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Posted on: August 30, 2020

After the Storm: Las Cruces Utilities Keeps Services Safe

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By Cassie McClure

Published in Published in the Las Cruces Sun News 08/30/20.

Pete Duran, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Interim gas system operations supervisor, had his own home lights go out thanks to the microburst storm last week. He knew too, that there w...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Dr. Harry Hardee Joins Las Cruces Utilities Board of Commissioners

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By Cassie McCLure

Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin July 31, 2020.

The LCU Board of Commissioners, established in December 2006, initiates each new member in the depth and breadth of its operations to be able to provide oversight of the operations for th...

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