Albuquerque’s first aquifer storage well now operating

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque has a new way of saving water for a not-so-rainy-day.

The Water Utility Authority began putting excess water into an underground well for later use. It’s being placed at the drinking water treatment plant near I-25 and Montgomery.

Officials say the extra water is coming from the San Juan Chama Drinking Water Project, giving the city an emergency plan.

“It’s basically going into what I like to call our savings account. We are putting drinking water into the ground where we’ll store it and keep it into that savings account until we need it on a future date,” said Diane Agnew, Water Utility Authority.

The well can store up to 50,000 acre-feet, which is a little more than a year’s worth of water for Albuquerque. The project cost more than $1 million.

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