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The Las Cruces Utilities Wastewater Section maintains approximately 533 miles of sewer lines and 17 lift stations. The Jacob A. Hands Wastewater Treatment Facility treats approximately 3.3 billion gallons of sewage per year. After successful separation of solids, the treated and disinfected wastewater (effluent) is safely discharged into the Rio Grande.

In 2010, the new 1 million gallon per day East Mesa Reclamation Plant became operational. Through advanced treatment processes, the Reclamation Plant cleans and purifies wastewater to meet or exceed water quality standards for “purple pipe” irrigation of nearby parks, a golf course, and a local high school.

Utility wastewater facilities have implemented a very successful composting process converting sewage sludge to high-quality beneficial Class "A" compost, available FREE to the public and area farmers. Call 575-528-3597 for more information.

If you suspect a sewer problem, please notify the Las Cruces Utilities Dispatch at 575-526-0500

‚ÄčKlaus Kemmer

Wastewater Administrator

(575) 528-3850

Klaus Kemmer, holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from N.M.S.U. in addition, he has 36 years of experience in Utilities Management, including 14 years in Solid Waste.