State prison to cut well water use as of July

June 13, 2013 • State News

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 ( 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.

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