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% of farm returns

9.0%

7.9%

NA

3.7%

Carlsbad

Artesia

Roswell

De Baca

% of water delivery costs

17%

8%

9%

16%

% of cash operating costs

1.4%

1.6%

3.2%

0.8%

% of total farm costs

1.0%

1.0%

1.7%

0.6%

% of farm returns

29.4%

5.4%

3.5%

4.4%

Table 19: Impact of a Water Diversion Charge on Agriculture in Pecos Basin (2001)

Diversion tax as

$2.00 per aft for surface water and $2.00 per aft for groundwater

For urban water users, the impact of a $20 diversion charge is shown on Table 20. Note that a

conservation charge of $20.00 per acre-foot would amount to less than 3% of the current unit

costs.

Albuquerque

Las Cruces

Santa Fe

Current costs per 1000 gallons

$2.15

$2.21

$4.50

Unit costs per 1 aft

$700.47

$720.02

$1,466.10

Table 20: Groundwater diversion tax as % of residential costs per 1000 gallons

7 Evaluation of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Irrigation System and Measurement Program, S.S. PAPADOPULOS & ASSOCIATES, INC. Boulder, Colorado, December 2002

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