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Small New Mexican Town Runs Out Of Water
Small New Mexican Town Runs Out Of Water

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AIR DATE: June 13, 2013

BY MONICA ORTIZ URIBE -- A small town in central New Mexico has run out of water.

If you turn on a faucet in the town of Magdalena in central New Mexico, nothing will come out.

On Wednesday the water level in the town's only drinking well dropped below the well's pump. The water level in the well has dropped consistently as a result of an unrelenting three-year drought.

Lorie Scholes lives in a ranch just west of town.

"We haven't had a drop of rain in three years," she said. "It is so dry here it's awful. It's like walking on potato chips."

The town, which is about 30 miles west of Socorro, N.M., is applying for an emergency permit to drill a second well. Residents are getting water from tanker trucks.

The Office of the State Engineer is working to find new water sources for multiple New Mexico towns experiencing severe water shortages.

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