NM drought sinks level of Elephant Butte's Lake

Nov 26, 2012 Full story: KOB-TV New Mexico 15

The bathtub-like rings around Elephant Butte Lake's water level state the obvious: the lake near Truth or Consequences is low because of the drought that has diminished snowpack runoff flowing down the Rio Grande.

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Droughter

Louisville, KY

#1 Nov 26, 2012
5% full?

And though the City will dam up the Rio Grande to try to keep water pressure up for feeding the hot springs, efforts will be futile this year - too many wells punched into the shallow aquifer - pressure too low, and demand too high.

Low pressure equates to low water flow of the hot springs. Poor sanitation results due to lack of sufficient circulation. Customers not taking showers before entering hot springs pools/tubs(a common practice in T or C)also contributes to poor sanitation.

The tourism tag "affordable spa city" shouldn't mean it's affordable because its sub-standard, but it apparently does.
Willams AZ

Truth Or Consequences, NM

#2 Nov 27, 2012
How did the hot springs work before the dam was built during years of drought and the river was low? This poster, which sounds like a former resident who is a little unstable from talk around town, loves to dish on the community.

I soak regularly, not afeered of thinking the last guy didn't (gasp) SHOWER!!!

I also dont drink bottled water.
we are tired

Espanola, NM

#3 Nov 27, 2012
of reading about this crap. get off the pot and file a complaint wit the NM DOH or just STFU and GO AWAY.

It's a waste of time, as "spa town" will die in the next 3 years due to the mega drought. The river has nothing to do with water pressure, the level of teh LAKE has all to do with how much water seeps back into the ground

Mc D burgers are allowed 8 rat hairs per pound of meat.

go chew on that for a bit eh?
Willams AZ

Truth Or Consequences, NM

#4 Nov 28, 2012
Kimmy, Kimmy, Kimmy.....the springs were here long before the lake. If the dam busted and the valley went back to its normal state, the hot springs would still be there, just like they were before the dam was built.

“Liberty and justice for all”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#5 Nov 30, 2012
Does anyone else see the incongruity here?

New Mexico is in a drought. Our lake is at only 5%(astonishing).

Yet, "we" support a company that wants 7000 acre feet a year of water that cannot be put back into the "system"?

Not only appears incongruous, but actually appears quite stupid of us desert-dwellers.
a solution

Las Cruces, NM

#6 Nov 30, 2012
So somebody can buy me two six packs of beer and give me a ride to the shores of Elephant Butte. After the beers, I'll have the water level up to normal in about an hour...

>B-b
If that was true

Espanola, NM

#7 Dec 2, 2012
we are tired wrote:
of reading about this crap. get off the pot and file a complaint wit the NM DOH or just STFU and GO AWAY.
It's a waste of time, as "spa town" will die in the next 3 years due to the mega drought. The river has nothing to do with water pressure, the level of teh LAKE has all to do with how much water seeps back into the ground
Mc D burgers are allowed 8 rat hairs per pound of meat.
go chew on that for a bit eh?
You certainly are a blowhard know nothing troll aren't you. If your statement were true the town would have died in the seventies when the lake was said to stay lower than it is today.

I counted seven rat hairs in the last mc d burger. Food inspector says it is a couple less than is allowed.
you forget

Espanola, NM

#8 Dec 2, 2012
that in the 70's there was far less draw on water in the entire state and not quite so many wells tapping in Sierra county..but of course being a troll..I guess you'll just discount everything I will say.

It's amazing how little people living in the desert know about where the water is really coming from.

Now if this were Florida it would be easy, as massive pumping of the groundwater results in giant sinkholes opening up.

Read up on the water crisis all over the US, you'll find it far more interesting then my posts.
Williams AZ

Truth Or Consequences, NM

#9 Dec 3, 2012
Actually the 70 saw record snowpacks. We have a roughl 50 year drought cycle. We had a drought like this in the lae 50's, wetter 2-30 years later, and now back to dry again. Somehow mankind will survive.
Theguybelowmesuc ks

Truth Or Consequences, NM

#10 Jan 24, 2013
What a shame, this is the lowest i have ever seen the lake in all the years i`ve been coming to here.
IMNEVERWRONG

Oklahoma City, OK

#11 Jan 24, 2013
We all need to take steps to decrease our waste of water. Get rid of residential grass lawns. The city and state government needs to allocate how much water one can use monthly. Go over that amount and bring on the fines and disconnects.
Wizz Kidd

Truth Or Consequences, NM

#12 Jan 25, 2013
I do find amusement in those that think they have the key to solving a problem they perceive by altering peoples behavior. whithout exception, they squeal the loudest when their idea is put into place. Imagine this poster's rant if water were 10 cents a gallon right out of the tap.
IMNEVERWRONG

Oklahoma City, OK

#13 Jan 25, 2013
Wizz Kidd wrote:
I do find amusement in those that think they have the key to solving a problem they perceive by altering peoples behavior. whithout exception, they squeal the loudest when their idea is put into place. Imagine this poster's rant if water were 10 cents a gallon right out of the tap.
Thats what I hope for. My ideas put in place across the American Southwest. And I agree with you that water needs to cost more to waste. Much more.I thought T or C was go go back to,it's iconic name? Or is the reason it's easier to spell?
how low will it go

United States

#14 Jul 1, 2013
Went to the lake just before the release, and now over 100 yards (approximation) of land is now visible from the lake's edge where it wasn't just weeks ago.

"Not a Mud Hole Yet" is the new Sierra County Tourism tagline! Or, "not responsible for boats running aground".
water dawg

La Luz, NM

#15 Jul 1, 2013
Do we Sierra County residents have a 5-10 water plan? Maybe local governments (Sierra County, Elephant Butte, TorC, Bureau of Reclamation, State Parks) need a lobbyist to promote a 5-10 year water plan to keep at least a minimum water level in lake. If not, when the lake runs dry then where are we? Will we have drinking water? Will we have hot mineral springs to promote?
how low will it go wrote:
Went to the lake just before the release, and now over 100 yards (approximation) of land is now visible from the lake's edge where it wasn't just weeks ago.
"Not a Mud Hole Yet" is the new Sierra County Tourism tagline! Or, "not responsible for boats running aground".

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