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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The village of Magdalena is scrambling now that its sole drinking water well has gone dry.
The water table has dropped almost 20 feet since January due to the persistent drought that has plagued nearly all of New Mexico for the last three years. That combined with infrastructure problems that caused the well to collapse left about 1,000 residents and several businesses without water Wednesday.
Magdalena officials have put in a request with the state engineer’s office to drill a new well, but that could take a week or two. For now, the community will have to rely on water tenders from Socorro and White Sands Missile Range.
“We’re delivering potable water to residents, especially the elderly and small children we’re concerned about,” village Marshal Larry Cearley said. “We can only deliver so much water for so long.”
The village is also ordering cases of water from stores in nearby Socorro.
Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that state officials are monitoring the situation.
“We’re hopeful we can find more water there and we certainly are going to send the National Guard with potable water so that residents can use it for cooking and drinking,” Martinez said.
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