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Drought watch: those New Mexico towns that *didn’t* run out of water

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While we in the news media have been focused (rightly so) on Magdalena, the little town that ran out of water, it’s also worth looking at the majority of towns that aren’t. From the morning newspaper:

[L]ike Sherlock Holmes’ curious case of the dog that did not bark in the night, a key part of the story of the drought of 2013 in rural New Mexico may be the communities that have not been in the news, because they have not run out of water.

While solid numbers are hard to come by, some in the state’s water management community say they believe there are fewer small community water problems in 2013 than in the last major drought, of 2002-03. With the severity of the current drought, water tables all across New Mexico are dropping. But many communities threatened by drought last time around have upgraded their systems, making them more resilient.

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