FARMINGTON, N.M. — A New Mexico city has completed its explorations along the San Juan River in search of a secondary source for drinking water.

The Farmington Daily Times ( ) reported Monday that Bloomfield City Manager Eric Strahl says the tests did not find viable secondary drinking water sources. The city had hoped the aquifer beneath the San Juan River could produce quality water for residents.

Strahl says there was not enough gravel beneath the river to create a good filter for the water.

Bloomfield Mayor Scott Eckstein says “It didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to.”

The city shut down its river park at the beginning of July to drill several test wells. The project was paid for using state capital outlay money.

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