February 11, 2009--Water rush: Deep aquifers sought for metro growth (Denver Post)

It's been called a modern-day gold rush. But the free-for-all isn't for sparkling bits in a stream, it's for the water—deep underground and salty—that developers and politicians hope will help keep New Mexico's metro areas growing. In Albuquerque and Santa Fe, developers and local governments have staked claims to more than 350,000 acre feet of brackish water in deep underground aquifers since 1997. But the vast bulk of those claims—amounting to roughly 325,000 acre feet—have been filed in the past year. One acre-foot equals 325,821 gallons, which can meet the annual water needs of two U.S. households.

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