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I live in Valencia County, NM, west central part of the state. We've had 1/2 inch of rainfall since last October! Let me tell you, it is dry with daytime temps now in the high 80 and low 90s! Wells are going dry all over the area and some of the mountain communities have to truck in water just for essentials, too expensive for lawns, gardens, and crops.
I'm located just a couple of miles from the (so-called) Rio Grande river which, at the best of times, would be called a creek back east or in the south. However, the Rio Grande aquifer is several miles wide and is a vast underground 'river' flowing north to south through the entire state. Down around El Paso, TX, it becomes a small river and gradually increases in size as it flows west to east along a good bit of the Texas southern border to finally empty into the Gulf of Mexico. Since I live atop the aquifer, my two wells, one 160' deep and the other 220' deep have no problems so far. The 160 is the house well and is powered by AC. The 220 well is my drip irrigation well and is solar powered using a 1/2 HP DC pump. Just west of the latter well, I have four 3,000 gallon water tanks and a fourth 3,000 tank located to the west side of my front yard behind a big Scotts pine tree. The back three tanks will let me water, using a mechanical timer, for a month or more but I'm careful to retop them from from the solar well when about half empty. I can tell the water level merely by tapping on the tanks and I have the rear three all tied together which simplifies filling and using. The drilling team that dug my 220 well, then 'blew' it out and plumbed it, told me it could produce 800 gallons per minute. Wow! That's many times what I need and of course far more than my little DC pump can put out. What it does put out is crystal clear, delicious water that could probably be bottled and sold in stores. So far I've been very glad I paid the 19k$ it cost for drilling, solar panels, controls, plumbing, etc. It's also a real ace in the hole in the event of a SHTF emergency. Of course I would share its water with my neighbors some of whom occasionally get water from it now just because of the clarity, quality, and taste. Makes some fine coffee or tea and great for cooking. I am delighted so far. Oh well, our so-called monsoon season begins in late June. Maybe we'll get some precip and maybe not. Right now I can't disc, plow, or even mow weeds without creating clouds of dust so I don't. It's filthy for me and my tractor/equipment and bad news for the downwind neighbors. Plus I like to retain the clippings for eventual soil enrichment and this is our windy season. Additional tree and other crop planting for me at the present time is moot. I'll have to put in deep furrows for planting and then wet them down with drip tape for a few days before any planting. I have the drip tape, drip hoses, connectors, etc. on hand but OMG what a job! Just sharing my drought misery. Best to all. GOM