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Rural New Mexico faces water supply crisis




Wagon Mound is one of almost 300 communities in New Mexico that rely on a single source of water. The state's Environment Department says these mostly rural towns are extremely vulnerable.
Wagon Mound is one of almost 300 communities in New Mexico that rely on a single source of water. The state's Environment Department says these mostly rural towns are extremely vulnerable.
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For years now, the Southwestern United States has been crippled by drought. At the beginning of summer in New Mexico that meant dry, brittle landscapes. Several communities there ran out of water.

KUNM's Rita Daniels reports that now hundreds of vulnerable towns are trying to avoid that from ever happening again.