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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 10:26pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Las Cruces residents learned about the various impacts of water in the region at a seminar Wednesday night at city hall.
The seminar focused on where the area's water comes from., water conservation in homes as well as agriculture and the ongoing drought.
The Elephant Butte Irrigation District said they currently have about nine percent capacity at the lake in large part because of the September rains.
EBID is capturing storm water and re-plumbing irrigation to help with water levels during the drought.
The region relies heavily on water from the Rio Grande that is impacted by the amount of snowfall from up north.
Right now projections are mixed with the southeastern part of the state and Texas projected to be below normal but northern New Mexico and Colorado should be about the same.
The good thing about that kind of prediction is it's saying it's not going to be dryer than normal," said NM State Climatologist Dave DuBois.
The seminar also touched on water conservation within the city.
The city's water utility said residents used about 27 million gallons per day during this summer which is about average.
Speakers from the city's water conservation program said people can help by doing simple things like using low-flow appliances, following odd and even watering restrictions and fixing leaks.
They said the easiest way to discover a leak is to close all faucets and check to see if the meter is running.