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Old 08/10/04, 09:30 PM
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Is anybody homesteading in the SW? (New Mexico)

Hello to everyone out there. This is the first time I've posted since the forum was moved off the Countryside site. I've moved to a different area here in the U.S. and have a couple questions.

1. How are you folks in the southwest part of the country building to help with the hot summer temps? I'm presently looking into building an earth bermed home but wondered if there was something else I should consider.

2. Are there other states besides NM where you have to purchase water rights? All the land I've looked at down here is reasonable, but you have to purchase water rights in order to do any irrigating of any kind. It seems crazy to me that I would have to pay to have a well dug and then pay for the right to use the water.

Thanks in advance,
Nik

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Old 08/10/04, 09:46 PM
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I just moved from Arizona to Nevada aboujt 2 years ago. In Arizona the state owns all of the table water, and wells are heavliy regulated. Depending on the service and how much you use, you may actually find yourself buying water from the state.

In Nevada it is completely different. Wells are not nearly so heavily regulated. You can drill a residential well without filing forms or submitting logs. As a property owner, you are entitied to 2 acre feet per year (1,800 gallons per day).

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Old 08/11/04, 12:53 PM
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This website summarizes water laws in Idaho Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. Just click on the state for a summary:

http://www.westernwaterlaw.com/index.htm

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Old 08/11/04, 12:58 PM
 
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H Nik,

We live in Southern NM. And we live in a mobile home. What we've done is add many trees around for shade. Plus, we just installed a white metal roof PLUS metal porches all around. A MUST around here.

Regarding irrigation, we only have an acre but are part of a community well. We just planted 30 pistachio trees and we just use regular water well irrigation.

Hope that helps. What area in NM are you? We are near Las Cruces.

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Hello to everyone out there. This is the first time I've posted since the forum was moved off the Countryside site. I've moved to a different area here in the U.S. and have a couple questions.

1. How are you folks in the southwest part of the country building to help with the hot summer temps? I'm presently looking into building an earth bermed home but wondered if there was something else I should consider.

2. Are there other states besides NM where you have to purchase water rights? All the land I've looked at down here is reasonable, but you have to purchase water rights in order to do any irrigating of any kind. It seems crazy to me that I would have to pay to have a well dug and then pay for the right to use the water.

Thanks in advance,
Nik
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Old 08/11/04, 08:35 PM
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Hi New Mexican,

I'm over here in Roswell, but the property I've been looking at has been as far south as Artesia and as far west as Tinnie. Are you using A/C in the summer or a swamp cooler? Besides your trees, are you able to grow a garden or would the water usage be too mch?

I just found out I'm going to be in Las Cruces every weekend for work, I might have to look at property over there too.

Thanks,
Nik

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Old 08/11/04, 08:43 PM
 
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Well, we run swamp AND a/c. A/C in our office, (we're in here the most) but it's a small window unit although efficient enough. Monsoon right now so the watering is limited.

Yes, growing garden is fine. We have everything on drip and sprinkler timers. Use chicken compost which holds the moisture very well in our raised gardens. Some gardens are only sand too. Water usage is fine since it's all on timers. My dh has it ALL rigged. He's got an Ag Engineering degree so has it all down pat!

PM me if you want. I can tell you about inexpensive land where we are.

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Hi New Mexican,

I'm over here in Roswell, but the property I've been looking at has been as far south as Artesia and as far west as Tinnie. Are you using A/C in the summer or a swamp cooler? Besides your trees, are you able to grow a garden or would the water usage be too mch?

I just found out I'm going to be in Las Cruces every weekend for work, I might have to look at property over there too.

Thanks,
Nik
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Old 08/11/04, 09:06 PM
 
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Hey,
We live in Loving. A homestead can use up to 3 acre feet per year in NM.
The water rights you are referring to are for irrigation.

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