Mesilla Valley looking north



New Mexico Data On State Water Supply Not Sufficient For Future Planning

From KRWGNews in Las Cruces


The Mesilla Basin is the southern portion of the Lower Rio Grande Basin and encompasses about 1,100 square miles in New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. Groundwater in the Mesilla Basin is used primarily for agriculture as well as a wide range of municipal and industrial applications. Stakeholders in the region include farmers, growers, municipalities, industries, and commercial businesses on both sides of the border. Groundwater from the Mesilla Basin is also an important water source for domestic wells and residents of the area.

Due to limited water supplies and continued development in the Mesilla Basin, alternative waters could provide new water sources for a sustainable supply for the region’s residents. To make use of marginal quality water, mainly brackish waters, new technologies and methods must be developed to enhance the feasibility of using alternative water supplies. New Mexico State University and the Bureau of Reclamation have entered into cooperative agreements to further research in the development and use of alternative waters. Under the current agreement, nine research projects are underway on a wide range of issues and technologies that promise to further our understanding of this important water source.

Brent Westmoreland

Brent Westmoreland

Executive Director, CRRUA
It has been predicted by many water experts that we can expect increases in salinity in the Mesilla Basin in the decades to come. Therefore, we should move to preempt the impending problem by having a proactive approach to a desalination program.
Greg Daviet

Greg Daviet

Farm Manager, Dixie Ranch
My priorities related to desalination are to discover the opportunities for economically viable increases for the water supply, as well as, understanding if farm-scale desalination can play a role in agriculture for the future. The development of alternative water sources of supply can relieve demand on existing supplies and can improve economic opportunity, which is a great benefit to my community.
Mayor Perea

Javier Perea

Mayor, City of Sunland Park
Nestled between the cities of El Paso, Las Cruces, and Cd. Juarez, Sunland Park is the largest border city in the state of New Mexico growing at an exponential rate. Access to good quality water is of utmost importance to us. The opportunity to tap into water resources using the latest desalination technology will be a tremendous impact to our city’s sustainable future.



Sign up to be invited to the 2018 Annual Community Workshop



Interested community members are encouraged to share their thoughts and provide feedback to influence the direction of future project efforts regarding desalination research in the Mesilla Basin.