- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico water agency is poised to begin its annual releases of reservoir water so it’ll seep into the ground and be available to be pumped up later from the aquifer for consumption.

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority plans Thursday afternoon to begin releasing 3,000 gallons a minute into the Bear Canyon Arroyo at Arroyo Del Oso Park in northeast Albuquerque.

The release marks the start of the authority’s 2016 release season.

The authority in 2014 began releasing water obtained from the Rio Grande after being transferred into New Mexico from Colorado via a pipeline west of Chama.

It says nearly 1,600 acre-feet have been stored underground so far, with approximately 1,400 acre-feet pumped up for consumption.

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