Wednesday, the Office of the State Engineer formally received the Carlsbad Irrigation District’s demand for a priority call on the Pecos River.
Since the district’s decision to pursue a priority call locally, some have expressed skepticism regarding how the district measures its water.
CID manager Dudley Jones explained Thursday it is a surface water district and diverts water from the Pecos River into a main irrigation canal.
That water is then delivered to a farmer’s lateral by diversion, and a chart is used to measure how much water is flowing and for how long, to ensure that they receive only the allotted amount.
In 2011, surface water and water from augmentation wells yielded the district Login to read more