EL PASO (January 14, 2013)--El Paso's water supply is down as the region continues to feel the impact of a long drought and declines in snowfall in areas of New Mexico and Colorado that feed the Rio Grande.
U.S. Department of Agriculture water specialist Wayne Sleep said snow-melt into the Rio Grande from southern Colorado and northern New Mexico is 70 percent below normal.
He told the El Paso Times the decline combined with the drought, prospects for "below average snow-pack for 2013 are very concerning."
Sleep says water managers need to begin conserving to prepare for an impact to the El Paso water supply, which is heavily reliant on the Rio Grande.
A two-year drought that has parched chunks of Texas has made water a priority during the biannual Legislative session that began earlier this month.