Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Wet Winter Could Save Watershed.

Byline: Miguel Navrot Journal Staff Writer

Officials Say Normal Season May Ease Water Shortage

The end of Santa Fe's water shortage and the restrictions that accompany it remain out of sight, according to utility officials, who expect no sufficient precipitation until snow runoff next spring at the earliest.

"We wait until the water is in the bank," Sangre de Cristo Water Co. administrator Craig O'Hare said of the prospect of lifting water-use restrictions. "Our thinking is, not until we really start having snows hitting in our watershed."

Santa Fe residents have been hit with the most severe water-use restrictions in history this year. Four years ago, during another drought year, less-stringent regulations imposed during the summer were lifted in November after a strong rainy season in the late summer and early fall. …

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