Water Crisis: Challenges Ahead in New Mexico

While much of America’s southwest and inter-mountain west battles blazing forest fires, Magdalena, NM faces a less spectacular but equally fearsome crisis: a municipal system no longer capable of delivering water to the village's 938 residents.
July 13, 2013, 5am PDT | lgraysonlindsey
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"Since early June, Magdalena residents have been living on rationed bottled water and waiting on a daily parade of trucks to roll down the highway and deliver potable water thousands of gallons at time. The trucks deliver enough water to conservatively recharge the most basic daily needs of the village, but not enough to allow swamp coolers to run or baths to be drawn. It seems a combination of systemic mismanagement, historic drought, and infrastructure disrepair led to the collapse of Magdalena's municipal well," writes Lucas Lindsey.

"Magdalena is not an isolated story. After three years of extreme drought and the state’s driest decade in sixty years, water shortages are becoming a harsh reality for many communities across New Mexico."

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Published on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in This Big City
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