The city of Las Vegas has declared an emergency over its water supply after the Calf Canyon-Hermits Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in New Mexico history, contaminated the Gallinas River. The city relies solely on water from the river, which has been tainted with large amounts of fire-related debris and ash, according to city officials.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham said in a tweet that $2.25 million in state funding has been made available to ensure residents receive access to safe drinking water.
I've declared a state of emergency in Las Vegas due to burn scar flooding threatening the area’s drinking water supply.
We've made $2.25 million in state funding available to support the city's work to ensure Las Vegas residents continue to have a safe supply of drinking water. pic.twitter.com/qpiSqJykUu
— Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) July 29, 2022