As early as the 1950's, it was discovered that an excess of 250 tons per day of salt was entering the Pecos River near Malaga, New Mexico from what can only be described as an underground sea of fully saturated salt water. The salt water is being pushed up into the bottom of the Pecos River through a fissure (crack) in the rock under the river that had been keeping the salt water trapped. The salt water then travels down the Pecos River to the Red Bluff Reservoir where it is turning the reservoir into a gigantic salt lake. Ultimately, the water then flows downstream through west Texas into the Rio Grande River, causing additional problems.
In 2005, The Southwest Salt Company, started working with the Red Bluff Reservoir, The Pecos River Compact Commision, and the States of Texas and New Mexico to develop a plan to eliminate the salt coming into the Pecos River of Malaga.
It has taken 7 years to put together the necessary permits and authorizations to allow us to proceed, but we have now constructed three 20-acre ponds that will produce 90,000 tons per year of salt. The ultimate goal is to produce 250,000 tons per year from eight ponds, thus removing all of the salt entering the pecos at Malaga.
This is an exciting partnership between various govermental agencies and Southwest Salt. The partnership will result in a cleaner Pecos and Rio Grande Rivers and a viable business enterprise. All is taking place without govermental monies, tax breaks, or incentives.
Malaga, New Mexico offers the ideal climate to achieve exceptional solar evaporated water softening salt. Hot, dry, and windy weather will evaporate the water into pure, naturally occuring salt brine to produce an excellent coarse anad compact product.
With a purity of 99.6% sodium chloride, our product will more than equal the quality of any salt produced in the United States!
Southwest Salt Company
4 South Silver
Paola, KS 66071
Office: (913) 294-2979
Sales: (847) 682-7095
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