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 [auth] 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.