El Paso Water Supply Down in Drought, Low Snowfall 1/14/13
January 14, 2013
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - El Paso's water supply is down as the region suffers from a long drought and snowfall drops in areas of New Mexico and Colorado that feed the Rio Grande.
U.S. Department of Agriculture water specialist Wayne Sleep says snow melt into the Rio Grande from southern Colorado and northern New Mexico is 70 percent below normal. He told the El Paso Times (http://bit.ly/RSLU1x ) that combined with the drought, prospects for "below average snowpack for 2013 are very concerning."
Sleep says water managers need to begin conserving to prepare for an impact to the El Paso water supply, which is heavily reliant on the Rio Grande.
A two-year drought that has parched chunks of Texas has made water a priority during the biannual Legislative session that began earlier this month.