Just read the editorial by Barbara Beck of the Roswell Daily Record titled Area blessed with ample water supply. Our highly esteemed editor seems to believe God had something to do with a water supply that could support a population of 300,000 based on current acre-feet numbers.
Most of NM does not have access to such abundant H2O given the diminishing supply provided by the Ogallala Aquifer. Aron Balok, head honcho of the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District, has intimated concern about the pressure that might be placed on Roswell by West Texas cities such as Odessa and Midland when inevitable water shortages come to pass. I believe Midland has had to ration water in the past. I am not aware if Roswell has ever done the same. I don’t think so.
The editorial compares Roswell’s water surplus to a gold mine and demands we be prudent and efficient stewards of the single most life sustaining substance our planet knows!
However, if the depletion of the Ogallala aquifer continues at its current pace, we may not enjoy the good fortune of being able sell our precious commodity to our less fortunate neighbors. It is more likely to be expropriated from us by force with military intervention likely.
Being blessed with bountiful water and financial gain can not coexist without serious conflict. We should all review water war between Los Angeles and farmers and ranchers in the Owens Valley of Eastern California.
Drought and water shortage was such a pressing issue in Wichita Falls TX that they were blending 5 million gallons a day of treated wastewater into their municipal water system not too long ago. People who are effectively drinking treated sewer water are obviously not going to react kindly to Rowell’s endeavor to sell them fresh water.