Protesters try to block company's well pumping operation

Posted at: 06/23/2013 9:52 PM
Updated at: 06/23/2013 10:40 PM
By: Jeffery Gordon,

A development company has applied to pump millions of gallons of water from the Sandia Basin in the East Mountains, but people living in the area are trying to stop the process before it starts.

Aquifer Science sent an application to the Office of the State Engineer for permission to start pumping.

They plan to build more than 4,000 homes and two golf courses to use the water.

Residents argued that the Aquifer Science wells would take the water they need, so they formed the group “Deep Well Protest.”

“We want the state engineer to be really, really careful to make sure that all of our wells don't get dry if they actually approve this application,” says Janet Winchester-Silva of Deep Well Protest.

The group had an “Aquapalooza” event Sunday to help raise money for their protest.

The company Aquifer Science was formed from a partnership between a Nevada water company and Campbell Ranch.