El Paso vs New Mexico, Ground Water or Other Options

by Conrad G. Keyes, Jr., New Mexico State Univ, Las Cruces, NM, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


The City of El Paso proposed to drill numerous water wells near the Texas-New Mexico and Mexico-New Mexico borders to supplement their water supply during the years 2000-2020 and thereafter. Opposition to the production of El Paso wells in New Mexico has existed since 1980 and the water rights discussions may last for many years in the future. International court cases are not new to Mexico vs United States on the Colorado River or in the Mexico-United States situation on the Rio Grande River. Other options for additional water supply between now and the year 2020 are available. They include conservation of water, atmospheric water resources management, desalination of brackish or saline water, recycling of treated sewage and storm water, or acquiring additional Rio Grande water rights from Colorado, New Mexico or Mexico. The least costly options may be opposed by many and the highest priced option could be acceptable to most.

Subject Headings: Water conservation | Salt water | Stormwater management | Developing countries | Groundwater | Water resources | Water reclamation | Economic factors | New Mexico | United States | Rio Grande | Colorado River | Colorado | Texas | Mexico

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