Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

County Wants More Water.(Journal North)

Byline: Gary E. Salazar Journal Staff Writer

Wheeling Deal Extension Sought

Santa Fe County is interested in increasing the amount of water it can pump through the city of Santa Fe's system by negotiating a new water-sharing agreement.

For the past couple of months, county and city water officials have been locked in negotiations in an attempt to hammer out an extension to the Wheeling Agreement, which expires in July 2005.

The 10-year agreement obligates the city to provide the county with 500 acre-feet of water each year, but the county wants to transfer additional water rights to the city system to serve future county growth, said Gary Roybal, county utility director. …

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