New Mexico towns that prepared have fewer drought problems


Some small towns in New Mexico have run out of water, others haven’t, mostly it appears, because they were prepared for drought and had reduced consumption.

But like Sherlock Holmes’ curious case of the dog that did not bark in the night, a key part of the story of the drought of 2013 in rural New Mexico may be the communities that have not been in the news, because they have not run out of water.

With the severity of the current drought, water tables all across New Mexico are dropping. But many communities threatened by drought last time around have upgraded their systems, making them more resilient.