Government leaders to make international water deal

November 11th, 2012 at 3:48 pm by under Latest Posts

An international water deal is in the works.

Government leaders in the U.S. and Mexico are close to signing a pact to add areas south of the border to Colorado river water sharing agreements with seven western states, including New Mexico.

Final documents are circulating among 15 water agencies and state offices in New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

Southern Nevada’s Water Authority and Nevada’s Colorado River Commission will consider the pact next week.

The agreement would link Mexican and U.S. water allocations during shortages and “low reservoir conditions.”

For the first time, it would let Mexico store water in U.S. reservoirs, including Lake Mead.

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