Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

El Paso at Water Crossroads.(New Mexico)

Byline: Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

Planners Considering Alternative Resources

EL PASO Ed Archuleta delivered a simple message at El Paso's second annual State of the Water address Wednesday: The city is not running out of water, but it is running out of inexpensive water.

"Our choice is clear," Archuleta, general manager of El Paso Water Utilities, told an audience of 100 gathered at the El Paso Museum of Art for the presentation. "We can pay a little more now for our water, or we can pay more potentially a lot more later in the form of water shortages, which harm our businesses, job base and quality of life."

The Public Service Board, which oversees the water utility, held its first State of the Water presentation last year to address widespread concerns the city's water supply was drying up and the regional economy could be crippled. …

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