Water emergency declared near Las Veg...

Water emergency declared near Las Vegas, N.M

There are 10 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Sep 29, 2009, titled Water emergency declared near Las Vegas, N.M. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

Water emergency declared near Las Vegas, N.M. More on this site Staci Matlock The New Mexican 9/29/2009 - 9/29/09 Residents in a subdivision that has run out of water near Las Vegas, N.M., are asking Gov.

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Nancy R in KC

Kansas City, MO

#1 Sep 29, 2009
It had to start somewhere. Here we go...
Just Me

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Sep 29, 2009
People breed like cockroaches and then complain when resources run out. If Las Vegas was a small village of 1500 people, there'd be plenty of water for everyone. You did it to yourselves. Cry me a river...
Jim Terr

Santa Fe, NM

#4 Sep 30, 2009
The comments so far illustrate exactly why the New Mexican may soon require names rather than anonymous handles which encourage this kind of dialogue. "Just Me", do you actually have any idea what the average family size is in the area mentioned? And how many people are in your family, please tell us? And yes, we do have big water problems - but none of these posts shed any light.
So dig a deeper

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Sep 30, 2009
Go Single Payer

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Sep 30, 2009
What! Do we have people asking for a "Public Option" in water distribution?
New Mexico Stone Age

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Sep 30, 2009
The City of Las Vegas failed to negotiate water rights from the water users association that has the rights to the Gallinas River that runs thru Las Vegas. They then lost a lawsuit to get those rights. The wells they are pumping from were suppose to only be used for emergency and they assured everyone south of Las Vegas that they wouldn't impact the water table there...Right!!!

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Sep 30, 2009
of a deceptive headline. They are talking about only 16 homes. They need to get some help ASAP, but the real story is the impairment of their well by Las Vegas.
Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM

#9 Sep 30, 2009
The comment from Just Me, you will be crying a river when it happens to you. Remember people in glass houses should not throw stones. Live in the real world.

Sacramento, CA

#10 Sep 30, 2009
the mayor, manager and council just spend
$ 10,000 dollars promoting boxing, where are the priorities, mayor need to set aside his ego, he's already lost re-election, and some of the councilors are going to lose their seats, being a public official is a responsibility to your friends and neighbors, not your self-interest, the city manager just stated weeks ago, that las Vegas was one of the riches cities in new Mexico, well let's reach into your rich pocket and help your people, if your pocket feels guggy it may be rich withsomething else.
Bruce McAllister

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Oct 3, 2009
Crazy for water in Las Vegas.

In 2007 the City of Las Vegas pumped the Taylor wells and the water level in these wells dropped by 90 feet.

In 2008, the Taylor Wells were not pumped by the City of Las Vegas, and the aquifer did NOT RECOVER!

Last year the City of Las Vegas used more than 350,000,000 gallons of water. Between 8 to 40% of the water in the Las Vegas Distribution system is lost due to leaks in the system. Only this last month has a request for a preliminary engineering request (PER) been made to study this phase of the problem.

Water storage at Las Vegas Peterson dam is only 10 gallons per minute in the summer. Let's see, that's 10 times 60 minutes per hour times 24 hours a day times 4 months of summer. Gosh this is only 1,728,000 gallons of storage lost in the warm months. In the winter, the leakage at Peterson dam is 250 gallons per minutes. Going through the above calculations, but substituting 8 months of winter. Gee whiz, this is only 86,400,000 loss of stored water in the cold months.

If these leaks were repaired with an 90% efficiency, the additional water available for treatment by the City of Las Vegas would be slightly less than 79,000,000 million gallons of water or about 22% of the total water used by the city. If this course of action was taken there would be no need to pump the Taylor wells and deplete the aquifer for our neighbors south of town.

If our city fathers were not crazy for water, they could repair the leaks in the storage facility and then the leaks in the distribution system and we all would have water. What a concept, working together to resolve a common problem. Then we would no longer be crazy.

Bruce McAllister

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