New Water for New Mexico

20 October 2022 • Sandia Resort & Casino, Albuquerque
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

An Information Forum for the Public, Industry, and Government
hosted by the New Mexico Desalination Association

New Water for New Mexico

A Public Forum

 New Mexico is out of water? Almost all current sources of usable water are already allocated by the doctrine of prior appropriation, federal reservation, and court decisions. So, how can we in New Mexico grow our economy and continue to provide our citizens with the high social and environmental standards to which we aspire and hold dear? The answer to the state’s existing and future water issues is both simple and yet full of complexity: unconventional sources of water.

Unconventional water resources include brackish ground and surface waters, recycling of industrial and manufacturing wastewater, and the creation of closed loop systems so that people and our economy can flourish both now and in the future.

The New Water for New Mexico Forum will bring together water experts and interested parties to define and communicate the needs our state has for new water resources and to present ideas and solutions to effectively and economically access those resources.

What An open forum describing New Mexico water supply issues and presenting ideas and solutions.

When Thursday 20 October 2022 • from 9 am to 4 pm (registration opens at 8 am).

Where Sandia Resort & Casino • 30 Rainbow Road • Albuquerque.

Cost The cost per person is $55 • Lunch and refreshments included. There is limited availability, and no tickets will be sold at the event.

Hear from scientists, engineers, and policy-makers on these topics. Learn what YOU can do to help solve New Mexico Water Issues.

New Water for New Mexico Agenda


9:00 am Welcome

State the problem

9:15 am State of Water in New Mexico (30 min.)

Overall Water situation in New Mexico
How and what impact climate change has had?

09:45 am Issues (30 min.)

Ownership (Conventional vs Brackish)
Public Perception & Audience Poll intro

10:15 am Economic Drivers (35 min.)

Maintain Current Economy & Grow / New Industries
Native Perspective
Offer a Solution

10:50 am Sources of Unconventional Water (35 min. total)

What is Brackish Groundwater (15 min)
Mapping It: Aquifer Mapping Program
O& G Produced & Mining
Power Plants
Chem & Petrol Refining
General Manufacturing
Ag Runoff

11:25 am Treatment (35 min.)

Heat & Electricity
Media Beds

NOON LUNCH   New Mexico 50 Year Water Plan

Prove the Point

1:00 pm Economics of Unconventional Water (35 min.)

Cost of Desal vs Cost to bring in water from far away
Types of systems available for different levels of desal at existing wells
Number of wells in NM using desal to treat slightly brackish water – well treatment approach
EPA wastewater reuse program to supplement fresh water – focus areas, and types of technologies looking for
Advanced concentrate evaporation systems
Using wastewater ponds as desal evaporation ponds in rural communities
Inspire the audience

1:45 pm Case Studies for Success! (15-20 min ea.)

Texas Specific: Fabens, TX
The Circular Water Cycle
California: Pure Water Monterey
Call to Action

3:00 How Attendees Can Have Impact (15 min)

Lobby (Who?)
Learn More
Attendee Q&A of all speakers
As long as we want until 5 pm

Become a Sponsor of New Water for New Mexico

Industry, organizations, and governments are invited to become a sponsor of the Forum. The attached PDF contains all the details and the sponsorship contract. Questions? Please call Deborah A. Deal @IxWater on +1 303-277-9520 ext. 310

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