Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) operates as a non-profit organization governed by the Utilities Board of Commissioners (Board) that establishes strategic policy. LCU provides utility services to approximately 100,000 residents and businesses within its service territory. LCU is solely funded by rates and charges authorized by the Board. The LCU Director’s responsibility is to manage, operate, plan, and develop all services within its six sections. More information about the Las Cruces Utilities Department can be found in the Utilities Administration page, as well as in the annual report.
The Gas Section provides a safe and reliable supply of natural gas to approximately 40,000 customers. This Section is divided into five sub-sections: Construction & Maintenance; Corrosion Control; Locating & Mapping; Operations & Compliance; and Pressure & Service.
The Water Section provides safe and clean drinking water and wastewater treatment services. This Section is divided into five sub-sections: Meter, Valve, and Hydrant; Water Line Maintenance; Water Production.
The Wastewater Section provides the wastewater collection and treatment services. This section is divided in two sub-sections: Wastewater Collection and Wastewater Treatment. The treatment is handled by three facilities: East Mesa Water Reclamation Facility, Jacob A. Hands Wastewater Treatment Facility, and the West Mesa Industrial Park Wastewater Facility.
The Solid Waste Section provides 362 days of reliable residential curbside pickup to over 31,000 homes and 2,687 commercial businesses. In Fiscal Year 2015/2016, this Section collected more than 28,000 tons of residential trash and 44,600 tons of commercial trash, which was then taken to the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA).
The Administrative Services Section provides financial, budgetary, rate and rate administration oversight, meter reading, field services, warehousing, dispatch, new connections, utility customer service, and utility billing and accounts receivable management.
The Regulatory Environmental Services (RES) Section provides water conservation services, environmental management, and regulatory compliance assistance. It is presently managing four programs: Pollution Prevention; Regulatory Compliance; Water Conservation; and Water Quality Laboratory. RES also monitors the Griggs and Walnut Superfund Site.
The Technical Support Section provides support in the areas of Capital Improvement Project Management; Engineering Plans/Permit Review; Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA); and Water Rights Management.