Regional
2:34 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Review: 300 NM Towns Face Water Crisis

A state review says around 300 New Mexico community water systems are vulnerable to drought, dropping water tables and aging infrastructure.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a state task force review to be made public Wednesday says towns or villages often depends on a single water source making them unguarded to drought and contamination.

Officials say a state program will help with engineering work to identify backup water sources and the task force will begin contacting at-risk communities this week.

The move comes as a handful of New Mexico communities have faced recent water supply crisis.

Last month, for example, the state Drinking Water Bureau lifted an order that called for Magdalena residents to boil their water following a major outage of the village's water system.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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