Proposed water pipeline would connect Santa Fe, eastern New Mexico

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Santa Fe officials will consider an updated plan to bring water to the city through a pipeline from eastern New Mexico.

Roswell rancher Ron Green proposed a similar plan in 2007, causing widespread opposition in the southern part of the state. The controversial idea was the subject of 35 protests before the Office of the State Engineer rejected it in 2011.

Green says Santa Fe officials invited his company Berrendo LLC to discuss the new proposal. A City Council committee meeting will continue the discussion on Wednesday.

A memo by city water resources coordinator Andrew Erdmann says the new pipeline route would take water from Fort Sumner to Encino, then north along U.S. 285 to Interstate 40, east on I-40 and north into Santa Fe.

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