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Drought conditions delay release of water from Elephant Butte

By: Ruben Veloz, El Paso Times
EL PASO, Texas Local water representatives have once again decided to delay the release of water from Elephant Butte, limiting the amount of water farmers and local water companies get from the Rio Grande.

According to our media partner the El Paso Times, water levels at Elephant Butte are double what they were last year but they are still below average, officials said.

The reportedly low levels come despite the massive flooding in upstate New Mexico last fall thanks to heavy rainfall.

Water is typically released into the river in March, but because of the dry winter weather, that won't happen until June 1.

The Times reports representatives from El Paso, New Mexico, and Mexico agreed to delay the runoff.

The president and CEO of the El Paso Water Utilities said they have enough underground water wells to keep up with the demand, but told the El Paso Times a hot and dry summer may prompt the city to enact extreme water conservation measures, something they didn't have to do last year, and hope they wont have to do this year.

El Paso Water Utilities wants to remind its customers that the watering schedule is still in effect.

This means people who live in even-numbered addresses can only water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.

Residents who live in odd-numbered address are allowed to water on Wednesday, Friday or Sundays.

Read the full report: http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_25332738/rio-grande-water-allocation-set-june-1.html