Note that Magdalena is on the eastern edge of the Plains of San Augustin, a gorgeous area. A company has proposed shipping water from San Augustin to the Rio Grande. Such a pipeline would have to go past Magdalena. That might interest them, but consider that the water table dropped 20 feet *since January* without speculators sucking out water to sell miles away.
By Susan Montoya Bryan / Associated Press on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 POSTED: 4:07 pm
(AP) — The village of Magdalena is scrambling now that its sole drinking water well has gone dry.
The water table has dropped almost 20 feet since January due to the persistent drought that has plagued nearly all of New Mexico for the last three years. And the community’s one has collapsed, leaving about 1,000 residents and several businesses without water Wednesday when the level dropped below the well’s pump.
Matt Holmes with the New Mexico Rural Water Association says the problem is a combination of drought and infrastructure.