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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- The biggest danger to future water
to a New Mexico groundwater consultant, is continued confusion over legal
usage and physical availability of water supplies. "Water is like money and
the aquifer is the bank," stated Bill Turner.
In turn, Turner observed, water rights are like checks; without a
back them up, they are useless. "Water rights regulate who, among competing
users, has the right to use the available physical supply," he said. Simply
because someone or some entity acquires the legal right to pump water doesn't
necessarily mean that there is an endless supply to pump, Turner pointed out.
"To provide for our future water security, we must quantify our water
resources and change the way we use it," he stated.
Water conservation programs must be enforced and expanded, the
consultant emphasized. "Our water conservation programs must continue," he
said. "New conservation measures must be developed ... Only by working
together can we ensure that our underground vault isn't depleted by needless
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