New Mexico requests information on brackish water by end of March

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January 24, 2024 — Last month, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico will establish the nation’s first Strategic Water SupplyOpens in a new tab. using advanced market commitments available to the private sector. Through a $500 million investment from existing oil and gas severance taxes, the state will pay the private sector for treated water to meet certain standards.    Information about the Strategic Water Supply programOpens in a new tab. is published on New Mexico’s Environment Department website.

Fox News reports that there is opposition to financing the treatment and recycling of oil-industry wastewater due to concerns that the measure could lead to more water-intensive frackingOpens in a new tab. for oil and natural gas.

Responses to Request for Information Sought.

The New Mexico Environment Department issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Jan. 19, 2024Opens in a new tab. seeking technical and economic information from individuals, businesses, academia, government agencies, and other stakeholders related to the sourcing, treatment, delivery, storage, and industrial uses of brackish water and produced water.

Individuals or organizations may submit a response to the RFI no later than 5:00 pm Mountain Time on March 31, 2024.

Download the Request for Information (RFI)Opens in a new tab.

Strategic Water Supply Roadmap.

In its news releaseOpens in a new tab., the state’s Environment Department identified the following:

  • January 19, 2024 – RFI opens.
  • February 15, 2024 – New Mexico Legislative Session ends.
  • February 27, 2024 – Virtual Meeting 1, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Mountain Time
  • March 1, 2024 – Virtual Meeting 2, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Mountain Time
  • March 31, 2024 – RFI closes.
  • Summer 2024 – Request for Proposal and project-specific concept papers opens.
  • Fall 2024 – Request for Proposal and project-specific concept papers closes.
  • Fall/Winter 2024 – Anticipated awards.

Image:  Photo 76135953 | New Mexico © Miroslav Liska |


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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