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|
|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|
|Chem & Petrol Refining|
11:25 am Treatment (35 min.)
|Heat & Electricity|
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)
|Attendee Q&A of all speakers|
|As long as we want until 5 pm|