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article imageNew Mexico in state of emergency due to extreme drought

By Valerie Benguiat     Jul 18, 2013 in Environment
With 93 percent of New Mexico enduring an exceptional drought, two towns in the state have declared a state of emergency and local farmers have been forced to pay high sums to find water.
According to Action 7 News, the towns of Maddalena and Cloudcroft have declared a state of emergency due to the lack of water. It is speculated that the number of states in this situation will rise.
Last year, 25 percent of the state suffered an extreme drought. Now, with 93 percent, New Mexico is suffering the driest year ever recorded in the state. The records go back 118 years.
Farmers in the state have been forced to pay exorbitant sums of money to secure water, paying up to $45,000 to drill a well ‘down as much as 91 meters (300 feet), nearly five times deeper than before the drought.’
Intensive groundwater pumping has started to affect neighboring states. According to Circle of Blue, the state of Texas has filed a complaint with the US Supreme Court, given that all the pumping in New Mexico is cutting the water supply that would otherwise flow downstream.
Jesus Reyes, general manager of El Paso County Water Improvement District said to Circle of Blue: Next year is looking really bad if we don’t get some rain and have a good winter. We might be in worse condition next year. Maybe no irrigation.
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