Reservoir Levels in Santa Fe Continue to Remain Low

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SANTA FE, N.M. Municipal reservoirs in Santa Fe are only around one-third full, and officials say they may run dry in three months.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the city this weekend will start tapping stored water to meet summer demand amid the state's worst drought in decades.

Water resources and conservation manager Rick Carpenter says Santa Fe will begin start drawing from the McClure and Nichols reservoirs June 30 or July 1 to help maintain water pressure during peak demand times.

Carpenter says the city usually tries to save about 25 percent to 30 percent of the reservoirs' capacity for the following year. But if conditions remain dry, he says Santa Fe city may head into the summer of 2014 with no water reserves in the canyon.