On the Sustainability of Brackish Water

Bruce Thomson, head of the water resources program at the University of New Mexico and a very smart guy, has a guest post on WaterWired about New Mexico’s brackish water gold rush:

[W]e must insist that water dependent development in NM be sustainable. We may allow communities to tap into non-sustainable supplies such as deep brackish water for short periods, but ultimately, every municipal or housing development requiring water must include a credible plan describing how it will provide water forever.

Finally, we must recognize that it’s not “new” water, it’s old water. Very old water.