POSTED: Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 4:40pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 9:40pm
EL PASO (KTSM) — The serious drought condition continues to dominate in the borderland and while some rain might help, experts say it won't be enough.
The hot temperatures and the lack of rain have caused an extreme drought in the region the effects can already be seen Dr. Mariana Chew says time is running out.
"The governments in both sides of the border have stated that the region is a disaster zone due to the lack of water" Mariana Chew said.
According to chew, the seriousness of the situation is being ignored by the authorities, while food production has reduced its levels.
"Not to be self-sustained at least producing the food that we need, producing like 4 percent of the food we used to produce and if that's not a waking call I don't think, I don't know what it is" Chew added.
In addition the water levels at elephant butte have decreased dramatically, we reached the elephant butte irrigation district they released a statement saying this drought is by far one of the harshest in the last 100 years
"We hope for better water supply next year but prepare for the worst" J. Philip King from the Elephan Butte Irrigation District said.
Reports indicate that a couple of days of rain won't really do much and water conservation has to start at home.
"The drought is so severe that you need like double or triple the water to recover the soil to recover anything, so rain is not enough" Chew concluded.
Experts like Dr. Chew say that it's time to bring the issue to the political table and start promoting water conservation and awareness.