Each river is very different and the uses of the river reflect this difference. The Gila River
has a short reach through New Mexico and is mostly within federal lands. Its consumptive uses
are mostly agricultural. The Rio Grande, one of our most important water resources, has a reach
of the entire north/south length of the state. Its uses are diversified and extensive.
A few general observations can be made from these statistics. The majority use of both
surface and ground water in all basins is agriculture, Table 6.
Table 6: Percent Consumptive Use of water
by Agriculture in
each Basin Surface
Other sectors rely mostly on groundwater. Table 7 indicates the ratio of groundwater
consumptive use to total use by individual sectors in the economy.
Table 7: Ratio of Groundwater Consumptive use to total use by sector Rio