SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Irrigators, municipalities and industry in parts of drought-stricken eastern New Mexico will be required to install meters on their underground wells to measure water use under a plan by the state’s top water manager.
State Engineer Scott Verhines said meters must be installed by January in the Fort Sumner Underground Water Basin, which is within a larger area that relies on surface water from the Pecos River. No meters will be necessary for household wells or small wells supplying water for livestock.
The metering requirement is expected to mostly affect irrigators in the sparsely populated water basin, which covers about 4,900 square miles of portions of DeBaca, Guadalupe, Quay, Chaves, Roosevelt and Torrance counties.
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