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Augustin Plains Ranch LLC wants to drill more than three dozen wells in the Rio Grande Valley to pump more than 17 billion gallons of groundwater a year to supplement supplies in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Belen, Socorro and other municipalities in Central New Mexico. The company argues that these cities could use a new water source.
The company first applied for a proposal to bring water to parts of the state in 2014, but the State Engineer’s Office rejected the plan. This time, they plan to try again.
A top water official in the state has cleared the way for a public hearing on the proposal.
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