SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state penitentiary complex south of Santa Fe uses millions of gallons of water a month.
But as of July, the complex will hook up to the county water system and use its wells only for backup.
New Mexico Department of Corrections officials say the move will cost the department about $200,000 a year.
The move was applauded by the La Cienega Valley Association, which had been pushing for the change.
The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/11KFd54) says some La Cienega residents were concerned about water depletion.
The Corrections Department complex in recent years has used between 2.6 million and 6 million gallons of water a month.
Officials say the department will not have to ask for a budget increase to pay the new water bills.