- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The irrigation season is coming to a close along the middle Rio Grande in central New Mexico.

Officials with the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District say water deliveries will cease Saturday and the focus will shift to maintenance projects in preparation for next year.

The district started out the season with no water in storage, but heavy rains in May and June allowed officials to store more than 90,000 acre-feet for future use. An acre-foot is about enough water to supply two households for a year.

When temperatures heated up and it dried out in August and September, the district had to release some water. Temperatures remained high through October, resulting in additional releases.

Water Operations Manager David Gensler says Mother Nature is unpredictable but provided for a full season this year with no curtailments.

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