Our Water Future
The City of Santa Fe recognizes the crucial role water plays now and for our future. In 2008, the City completed the Long Range Water Supply Plan (Water Plan) which identifies eight strategies on how to best meet the City's current and future needs. As illustrated in the graph below, the Water Plan calls for a shift from unsustainable use of the aquifer (light and dark green) by full use of the City's San Juan-Chama Project water via the Buckman Direct Diversion (orange). The light purple shows how much of our water demand is supplied by reclaimed wastewater, reducing the use of groundwater or surface water. The figure also illustrates how much water has been saved between 1995 and the present by water conservation (blue stipples). The Water Plan proposes that the "gap" (red) between available supplies and expected demand (red) be filled either with 1) increased water conservation, 2) water rights transfered and diverted at the Buckman Direct Diversion or 3) the use of reclaimed wastewater for potable supply.
Additional Planning Efforts
The Long Range Water Supply Plan is currently being updated to incorporate the projected impacts of climate change and to encompass the entire watershed, and both City and Santa Fe County water utiltiies. Using reclaimed wastewater for drinking water and harvesting storm water are key to the City's future water needs.