Rio Grande water users allotment may be curtailed

Posted at: 12/05/2012 8:22 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal authorities are telling Rio Grande water users that their allotment of water from the San Juan-Chama project may be curtailed significantly in 2013 because two years of drought have depleted reserves.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has been informing water agencies that they could see a 20 percent curtailment in water deliveries next year.

The San Juan-Chama project brings water from the Colorado River into the Rio Grande Basin and has been a lifeline for Rio Grande water users in recent drought years.

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority says utility has enough of its own water stockpiled to make it through 2013 with minimal effect.

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