ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — City commissioners in the southern New Mexico town of Truth or Consequences are proposing a moratorium on well drilling while they attempt to figure out if the number of wells tapping into the city’s famed hot springs is harming the lifeblood of its eclectic mix of inns and spas.
The commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to publish the proposal, which would ban the drilling of any new wells, with a few exceptions to ensure the city’s 6,500 residents have affordable access to drinking water.
The proposal, which will be up for a final vote July 17, is pitting some of the town’s hot springs business owners against each other.
Bill Martin, owner of the 82-year-old Artesian Bathhouse and RV Park, says reduced pressure in his lines has forced him to close a third of his tubs. He Login to read more