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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 397-9216.
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.
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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.
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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.
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For all Questions and Contact Information:
1300 S 5th St.
Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone (575) 397-9315
Fax number (575)-397-9370