Water in the Desert

My colleague Sean Olson illustrates in this morning’s paper his grasp of the connection between water and growth:

A request for water and sewer service for Westland DevCo’s southwest Albuquerque development was approved by the water board this week, even though it met heavy resistance from two city councilors.
Michael Cadigan and Isaac Benton on Wednesday advocated deferring the issue, citing concern about providing water service to a development that would mean more than 16,000 homes in an already crowded area.
“The last thing the city needs is 16,000 homes in the southwest part of town,” Cadigan said Thursday.
The 4,000-acre development, just southwest of Petroglyph National Monument, will include residential, industry, commercial retail and a town center.
Water board members Martin Heinrich, Deanna Archuleta, Alan Armijo, Teresa Córdova and Bruce Perlman voted to approve the water service agreement.

Coco has some additional thoughts.