Nearly 300 New Mexico Towns Face Water Crisis
State officials have been fielding a steady stream of phone calls and emails from the managers of community drinking water systems around the state as drought refuses to give up its grip on New Mexico.
The managers are looking to the state for help as they work to avert a crisis. Water levels are still dropping, aging infrastructure is being pushed to its limits and federal funding is growing more scarce.
In all, the state has identified nearly 300 drinking water systems that are considered vulnerable. Many of them depend on a single source of water and have no backup plan if conditions worsen.
"We really have been experiencing calls for assistance and notifications of water shortages and outages throughout the state in a way that we haven't seen in recent drought years," Danielle Shuryn of the New Mexico Environment Department said during a conference call.
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