MAGDALENA – The drought-stricken village of Magdalena will be getting more help as it rations its water supply.
Albuquerque police cadets today will be loading bottled water that has been collected over the past week to deliver to the community, west of Socorro.
Also, Gov. Susana Martinez requested that the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority send a 6,000-gallon tanker of potable water.
The water table had dropped almost 20 feet since January due to the drought. That, combined with infrastructure problems, caused Magdalena’s only operating well to collapse this month, leaving about 1,000 residents and several businesses without water.
An older well has been temporarily put into service.
The Governor’s Office says state officials are working with the town to come up with a long-term solution, and work to repair existing wells is expected to start soon.