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Picture of drought conditions at the Rio Grande at Bernardo, New Mexico.


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Groundwater Conditions in New Mexico

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) ground-water network for New Mexico currently consists of over 1,000 wells throughout the State in which ground-water levels are continuously or periodically monitored. Eleven wells in the Las Cruces area are equipped with water-level recording equipment that transmits data in "real time" (every 4 hours) using satellite telemetry. Over 100 wells, mainly in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas, are equipped with water-level recording devices that measure water-levels once every hour. The data from these "continuous" recorder wells is periodically downloaded from the recorder in the field and is uploaded to the NWIS database in the office. Water levels in several hundred more wells are manually measured at frequencies ranging from twice a year to once every 5 years. The set of wells that gets measured at the 5-year frequency changes from year to year so the total number of wells measured also varies from year to year.


Information for individual wells:

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