3:05pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Local and State News

NM Town Hall Yields Water Recommendations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials, business leaders and others are hashing out recommendations for improving the way the arid state uses its water and plans for the future.

They have been meeting for two days as part of New Mexico First's statewide town hall on water.

The goal is to develop 16 recommendations on a range of topics, including water-sharing agreements and capturing more storm runoff to bolster supplies.

The recommendations will also address tapping sources such as brackish water. Experts say the water could be used by industry or to boost municipal supplies once treated.

Energy, Minerals and Resources Secretary David Martin says the state is already working with the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech and the federal labs to get a better handle on brackish aquifers and their sustainability.