Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) spoke on the House floor last week about water resource management and ways New Mexico can unlock its existing resources by investing in technology initiatives such as desalination. Congresswoman Lujan Grisham also submitted a longer statement to the Congressional Record, which is available here.
“Mr. Speaker, in western states like New Mexico, where we continue to endure severe drought, it has become clear that water is a resource that can no longer be taken for granted.
“Instead, we must recognize just how essential it is – for households, for businesses, for the environment, for jobs, for life – and we must rise to the challenge. Because New Mexico can and should be the next innovation hub for water management technology.
“New Mexico is reported to have approximately 15.4 billion acre feet of brackish water. That’s enough to sustain three million people for 300 years.
“Our communities could greatly benefit from investments in desalinization technology, which would create a new water supply for our municipalities, businesses and industries while also leading to more jobs and more economic development.
“Mr. Speaker, we must continue investing in water technology initiatives – not only to better manage existing water resources, but to unlock alternative water resources. I eagerly anticipate the input from my constituents and colleagues as we set a dynamic course that will demonstrate to the region, to the country, and the world that New Mexico can respond to adversity and become a leader in water resources management.
“I yield back.”