ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The state's drought conditions still have two New Mexico towns in a critical need for drinking water despite recent monsoon rains.
KRQE News 13 spoke with the Magdalena City Clerk on Monday who says they are pumping water from a well just a few miles out of town and having it trucked in and pumped through the towns water lines.
She also says that the rains are not having a direct impact on the well water itself, but says since residents are still under restrictions on how they can use the water from the taps that the rains are a welcome sight to help by watering the vegetation around town.
Magdalena town officials also say that while residents do have running water there, they still encourage them to use the bottled water for their needs.
A little further southeast from there in Cloudcroft, that city is not doing as bad, but KRQE News 13 spoke with Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce officials who say in spite of the pending rains, their situation has not changed much either.
Springs and wells in the area are still at lower than normal levels and that's prompted town officials to look for other options to get water like drilling a new well for drinking water. The only restrictions in place for residents right now are just to conserve water and use it for drinking and bathing, but not use it for washing cars.
Cloudcroft officials still encourage potential visitors to come to their town in spite of the water concerns. They say that although the levels are low, they can still sustain visitors and residents.
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