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SANTA FE -- A luxury subdivision says the city of Santa Fe
has mismanaged its water company, failed to acquire more water rights
and failed to maintain its water system properly.
Las Campanas said in documents filed in district court that Santa
Fe's water shortage this year ``was caused by the negligence and
actions of the city.''
The filing was in response to a lawsuit the city brought against
Las Campanas on Aug. 29.
The city's lawsuit asks the court to order Las Campanas to follow
the city's water-use restrictions in times of drought and contends
that the subdivision is due less water from Santa Fe's wells than
subdivision officials believe.
In its response, Las Campanas said the city mismanaged the Sangre
de Cristo Water Co. by failing to boost the city's water supplies or
acquire additional water rights to prepare for drought or future
The city, because of its failure to make necessary improvements to
its water system and wells and its failure to buy water rights, has
hurt both city residents and Las Campanas water users, the
subdivision's response said.
The subdivision also said the city's lawsuit should be dismissed
and the two sides should settle their differences before the state
Public Regulation Commission.
Las Campanas also asked for damages for economic losses because of
the city's mismanagement of the water supply. The response did not
specify how much money the subdivision is seeking.
City spokesman Juan Rios said the city had no comment on the
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