Magdalena city well runs dry

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Residents of Magdalena no longer have water as of about 1 p.m. on Wednesday. At 10:30 a.m., there was a reported 14 cubic feet of water remaining in the storage. The pumps are no longer pumping, as the well is dry.

City officials are working to bring in water from various resources, including White Sands Missile Range, the city of Socorro, the National Guard and Socorro County. Water will be about half potable and half nonpotable.

Officials have also ordered cases of bottled water to be delivered by noon Thursday, which is being distributed to residents.

The long-term solution is still unfolding, but the city of Magdalena is working with the state to get emergency funding through the Council of Governments to drill deeper in the existing well, or to drill a new well.

For now, residents are being asked to conserve water. Residents are also encouraged to put about a cup of water in their fill trap — the water trap below the sink in bathrooms and the kitchen — to help avoid the odor that will often arise once that water drains out.