Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Deal Doubles Water Rights in City.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Joshua Akers Journal Staff Writer

Council Gives Unanimous OK

After 10 years of legal ranging and negotiations Rio Rancho has the water rights for the future.

City councilors voted Wednesday night to approve a settlement reached with the state that will double the city's annual pumping allotment from 12,000 acre feet to 24,000 acre feet.

Councilors voted unanimously for the measure. They met in closed session before their meeting Wednesday to discuss the details of the agreement.

The city reached the settlement, which will allow the city to pump up to 24,000 acre feet of water a year by 2013 with the state engineer after a court ordered mediation in April of this year. …

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