April 1, 2009--New law allows state to regulate deep aquifers (U.S. Water News)

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has signed legislation into law to help stop a rush by real estate developers and others to tap into deep aquifers with brackish water. The new law allows the state engineer to regulate the drilling of wells into aquifers at least 2,500 deep with ‘nonpotable’ or salty water. Lawmakers approved the measure during the recently completed 60-day legislative session to control the use of water from deep aquifers for residential and municipal purposes. Improvements in desalination technology have reduced the cost of converting brackish water into a potential supply of drinking water.

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