Farmers using the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District’s “water bank” had their irrigation supplies turned back on Monday, but the district’s water manager said it is not clear how long they’ll be able to water.
Water bank farmers are the lowest priority water users on the farm water system. Two weeks ago, with Rio Grande levels falling because of the drought, the district cut off water bank users, the first time that had happened in the history of the district. With warmer weather, snow melt has increased flows in the river enough to supply the low-priority water bank customers for now.
But they could be cut off again any time over the next two months, said conservancy district water manager David Gensler.