New Mexico water plan could pipe drinking water from the San Augustin Plains

Satellite image of San Augustin Plains, Wikipedia.

ALBUQUERQUE, AUGUST 18, 2016 – The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that plans to bring billions of gallons of water from rural parts of New Mexico to more populated areas will get a public hearing soon.

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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