Aquifer Discovered Near Albuquerque, N.M.

Water discovered on land owned by Atrisco Oil & Gas must be tested to see if it is safe to drink

A deep-water aquifer has been discovered on land owned by Atrisco Oil and Gas below the surface of Albuquerque's West Mesa, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

The water, trapped in a triangular fault block, could be as deep as 7,000 ft below the surface, according to an Atrisco spokesman.

To find out if it's safe to drink, the company will need to test the water, Atrisco officials said, a process that is expected to take at least two years and cost more than a million dollars.

Water samples show the company may be able to commercialize the water and make it available to the community, according to Peter Sanchez of Atrisco.

The Santa Fe New Mexican

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