A U.S. Supreme Court representative has agreed to put off a trial date for the yearslong water dispute between New Mexico and Texas so the two states can try to settle their differences out of court.

A federal judge appointed as special master by the high court canceled an Oct. 3 hearing to let the two sides work toward resolving their dispute over which state has taken an unfair share of Rio Grande water.

The states, which have been locked in this legal battle since 2013, will submit a progress report July 26.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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