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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 12:16 am, Sat Apr 26, 2014.

TAOS — State water managers are refusing to give money to El Prado Water and Sanitation District to buy water rights because state officials say the district hasn’t justified the $20,000 per acre-foot purchase price.

Members of the district counter there is a scarcity of useful water rights in northern Taos County and say the sale is critical to fulfilling its obligations under the Abeyta Water Settlement — an agreement meant to acknowledge Taos Pueblo’s senior rights while protecting non-Indian irrigators and ensuring a supply for domestic water systems.

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