Utilities

Tim Woomer
Utilities Director

(575) 397-9315
twoomer@hobbsnm.org

Water Conservation Period

The Water Conservation Period (WCP) will be from May 15th until September 15th this year. The WCP was first established in Chapter 13.20 of the City of Hobbs Municipal Code as an attempt to curb wasted water in the city, particularly during the hottest, driest months of the year when rainfall is at its lowest. Since its adoption, over 350,000,000 gallons of water have been saved each calendar year. Water restrictions during the WCP include domestic and commercial water usage for garden, lawn, or other exterior watering or sprinkling application.

Such water usages may be applied from the water mains of and upon the premises of a property’s designated days. A property owner’s days to water are designated by the number of their address; odd numbered addresses water on odd calendar dates and even numbered addresses water on even calendar dates between the hours of 4:00 am – 8:00 am or 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. You must pick one of these times, not both. If a particular property has two addresses, the address listed on the consumer’s account with the City’s Utilities Department shall control the day. For months with 31 days, no watering shall be done on the 31st day of the month.

Additional water-wasting regulations during this period include:

  • No person, firm, corporation, municipal, other government facility or operation shall waste, cause, or permit any water to be wasted.
  • Water wasting activities that are prohibited include:
    • Landscape watering on the incorrect day and/or during both time slots
    • Allowing water to escape from any premises onto public property, such as alleys or streets, or upon any other person’s property
    • Washing vehicles, structures, driveways, sidewalks, parking areas, or other impervious surface areas with an open hose
    • Operating a misting system in unoccupied non-residential areas
    • Operating a permanently installed irrigation system with a broken head or emitter, or with a head that is spraying more than 10% of the spray onto the street, parking lot, or sidewalk
    • Failing to repair a controllable leak, including a broken sprinkler head, a leaking valve, a leaking faucet, a leaking toilet, or a leaking supply line or pipe

A fine may be incurred if the regulations related to the WCP are not followed.
If you need help adjusting your irrigation system, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist so that you may voluntarily comply with this new law.
For Billing and Customer Service, call (575)397-9315.

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Warrior Award

People across the world get fatally sick from bad water daily. Here in Hobbs, this team saves lives by providing our city with clean, filtered, safe water every day.

We introduce to you the City of Hobbs Water Production Division, who are also the recipients of this month's City of Hobbs Warrior Award. This crew is knowledgeable of chemical analyses, radiologicals, synthetics, organics, fire protection, chlorine residuals, and this education and practices earned them the 2016 Max Summerlot Award. You might find it interesting to find out that this team also the 2015 recipients of this award.

The Max Summerlot Award, the State of New Mexico’s highest and most respected industry award, is presented annually to the New Mexico water or wastewater facility that demonstrates the highest level of professionalism and excellence in the operation, maintenance, management, and safety of the system and facilities.

These gentlemen understand the responsibility they hold, and they take their jobs seriously. We feel it is important to continue recognizing the dedicated and hardworking men and women who are responsible for the daily operation of our water production system and facilities. Please do thank them when you see them throughout town.



Days of Operation Added to City of Hobbs Transfer Station Schedule

Starting January 1st, 2017, the South Hobbs Transfer Station, located at 3000 East Marland, will be open on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On these days, the hours of the transfer station will be from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. When Monday is a holiday, the transfer station will be open the following Tuesday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Residents must adhere to the following restrictions:

South Hobbs Transfer Station Restrictions

  • No commercial or industrial dumping will be allowed, i.e. landscaping or construction materials.
  • No fresh/wet paint will be accepted (paint will only be accepted if it is completely dry in its container).
  • No batteries of any size will be accepted.
  • No tires will be accepted.
  • Tree limbs must be trimmed to 4 ft. bundles, weighing no more than 50 lbs. (we do not have a chipper on site like the North Hobbs Facility).
  • Metal will be accepted (any appliance with refrigerant must be serviced accordingly prior to being disposed of or it will not be accepted).

The recycling center at this location will continue to operate during regularly scheduled hours.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the City of Hobbs Utilities Department at (575) 397-9315.



Laboratory

Water systems must strive to keep their drinking water free of disease causing organisms known as pathogens. There are five waterborne pathogens that can be found in all water supplies and two that are only found in surface water supplies. The protozoa that are found only in surface water supplies (Giardia and Cryptosporidium) form cysts and spores that protect them from cold temperatures. Because of this protection, they are much more difficult to kill with disinfectant chemicals.

Laboratory Page

Wastewater Treatment

The City of Hobbs Wastewater Reclamation Facility provides uninterrupted wastewater treatment for the community of Hobbs, including liquid wastes transported to the facility. Currently receiving and reclaiming about 3.6 million gallons of wastewater a day, the Hobbs WWRF meets State of New Mexico regulatory requirements for effluent reuse, allows for future increases in flows/loadings, and provides long-term community benefits by utilizing biofiltration to treat all offensive odors within the facility.

Wastewater Treatment Page

Nominees: Production/ Distribution Divisions

Nominator: Martin Gutierrez ? Utility Foreman

Nomination:
I would like to nominate the Distribution, and Production Divisions in the Utilities Department. All year round these employees go the extra mile to get the job done efficiently and in a timely manner, all while providing the best services for our community.

I feel the Production department should be awarded the Warrior Award because they were recently awarded ?No deficiencies? by New Mexico Environment Department, for the first time ever, at the conclusion of their Sanitary Survey. The Production Department, although only 4 employees, continually provides uninterrupted water supply in the midst of Chlorine Disinfection, bacteriological sampling, multiple facility troubleshooting and maintenance, Data collection and reporting , and meter calibrations for 36 facilities. They supply Safe and Portable drinking water upon demand to the public and their dedication and commitment should not go unnoticed.

I feel the Distribution/ Maintenance department should also be awarded the Warrior Award due to the fact that they are only 60% staffed and continually keep up the workload and provide the community with quality services in the Distribution and Sewer Collection fields. Another reason to award them is the Distribution division is greatly improved on its PPE and Traffic Control Safety while out in the field and should be commended on making a complete 180 turnaround from less than a year ago. Their work zones are always in compliance with work zone requirements, and their activity area is highly visible and safe according to OSHA regulations.

These Department are always in compliance with the EPA?s Safe Drinking Water Act and are Constantly striving to provide the City of Hobbs with the best quality of product and service. For these reasons I nominate the Distribution and Production and Divisions for the Warrior Award.



Pictured L-R:
Top row - Miguel Pineda , Justin Sharp, Edmundo Talavera, Randy Lawson, Frank Crane, Lee Jackson, Jim Jarrett, Bart Dickson, Tony Inman
Front Row - Orlando Medina, Darrell Stahlecker, Martin Guttierrez, Fabian Ornelas, , Tim Woomer, Michael Avila, Eric Ford, Todd Ray, Chris Maynard, Nathan Velasquez, Jacob Calderon, Jason Solomon, JJ Murphy

Please congratulate these guys on setting the standard for others and upholding our commitment to S.E.R.V.I.C.E.

Hobbs Water Production Division Receives Top State Honor

Pictured: Tim Woomer, Frank Crane, Orlando Medina, Chris Maynard

On January 27th, 2016, The City of Hobbs Water Production Division received the 2016 Max Summerlot Award at the New Mexico Water & Wastewater Association's (NMWWA) 61st Annual Meeting that was held in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The Max Summerlot Award, the State of New Mexico's highest and most respected industry award, is presented annually to the New Mexico water or wastewater facility that demonstrates the highest level of professionalism and excellence in the operation, maintenance, management, and safety of the system and facilities. The award is in honor of Mr. Max Summerlot, who was responsible for developing the State of New Mexico's formal operator training program at New Mexico State University in 1974.

"This award recognizes the dedicated and hard-working men and women who are responsible for the daily operation of our water production system and facilities," explained Tim Woomer, Director of Public Utilities for the City of Hobbs. "This prestigious award was presented to the City of Hobbs because our team members demonstrate and practice the highest level of professionalism, knowledge, and expertise that is required to operate these critically important facilities safely and at their optimum level. It is particularly important to recall that the City of Hobbs Wastewater Reclamation Facility was the 2015 recipient of the Max Summerlot Award. Therefore, this award represents consecutive years that the City of Hobbs Utilities Department has been recognized and honored for excellence in facility operations. These combined achievements illustrate the high level of excellence in performance that exists within the City of Hobbs and that our outstanding employees within the Utilities Department have earned this award through their hard work and determination."

"Once again, I am proud of the employees, as well as the leadership, of the Hobbs Water Production Division Team. Being recognized as the leading potable water system and facility in the state of New Mexico this year is incredible," said J.J. Murphy, City Manager. "This is another example of what great people we have in our organization and how fortunate we are to have these outstanding services in Hobbs."

Water Office

The City of Hobbs Water Department is located in City Hall at 200 E. Broadway St. The Water Department bills for water, sewer, and garbage. Reads from meter registers are acquired each month. Bills are also prepared and mailed out monthly. All monthly bills are due on the 15th of each month. For more information or to initiate a service request, please contact the office.

Water Office Page


Consumer Confidence Report

We are pleased to present this year's Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This report is designed to provide details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. This report is a snapshot of last year's water quality. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies.

Consumer Confidence Report (.pdf)
Responsibility of Utility Debt Clarification

The City of Hobbs would like to clarify to the public the laws regarding the responsibilities of payment for a property owner and their tenants for utility service in a rental situation. In the event a tenant fails to pay the utility service charges for water, sewer and garbage to the city, the debt attaches to the property and the property owner may be responsible.

Pursuant to state statute 3-26-6, a lien shall be placed on the property until the debt is paid in full. The same statute also states that there is an exemption, which requires the property owner to notify the utility in writing, prior to the initiation of the debt, that the renters of the property (whose location must be clearly defined in the letter) will incur the utility charges and the property owners will not be responsible.

"In an effort to be transparent to the taxpayers, we wanted to make landlords aware of the state exemptions in a timely fashion", said J.J. Murphy, City Manager. "At the end of the day, we want to be good stewards to our residents and taxpayers, which is one of our primary goals as public servants."

For more information on water regulations and laws related to utility service in Hobbs and the State of New Mexico, visit the City of Hobbs Water Office at 200 E. Broadway, or call them at (575) 397-9216.