The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project (NGWSP) is designed to serve a future population of approximately 250,000 people by the year 2040. This population could be impacted by drought conditions at any point. The success of NGWSP depends on managing water demand during a variety of minor and major drought situations.
In recent years, other cities and states have recognized from these experiences the importance of improved water-supply planning and management, including drought preparedness. The City of Gallup and NGWSP stakeholders have a dire need for a Gallup/NGWSP "Water Commons" Drought Contingency Plan. To evaluate our water capability and to meet water demand preparing for all stages of droughts impacts. As a final product, have in place adequate plans to deal with water emergencies. It should be a planning priority to prepare NGWSP constituents and the City of Gallup for these drought situations.