Water Analyses for Border Initiative Issues

Kelsey M. Davis, David A. Chace, and Anna C. Snider

Sandia National Laboratories - Carlsbad Programs Group

4100 National Parks Highway

Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA

The Last Chance Water Company, a group of independent Southeastern New Mexico farmers and ranchers, has requested that Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) perform a qualitative and quantitative geochemical and hydrological assessment of groundwater located within the Salt Basin, Otero County, NM. Groundwater within this basin resides in the San Andres Limestone Formation of Otero Mesa and within the alluvium of the Crow Flats area. If Sandia’s assessment of the Salt Basin groundwater proves that the water is of potable quality, then the groundwater could be extracted and subsequently supplied to cities such as Ruidoso, NM, Carrizozo, NM, El Paso, TX, and Juarez, Mexico, without the need to specially treat the water. This SNL project would save these population centers considerable amounts of money already required to remediate a large portion of their inherent water quality problems.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.