Water Division Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016/2017
- Began water quality monitoring of the Santa Fe River above McClure Reservoir to determine any effects of prescribed burning and forest vegetation management within the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed, under a contract with New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology.
- Coordinated with the City’s River & Watershed Coordinator & CRWTP staff for Santa Fe River Target Flows to accommodate routine & special events, including San Ysidro Church’s blessing of the Santa Fe River and the annual Children’s Fishing Derby, per the Administrative Procedures pursuant to the Living River Ordinance.
- Provided the River & Watershed Coordinator, Source of Supply Manager and Water Division Director 2016 anticipated streamflow yield of the Santa Fe River, based upon NRCS, NWS, and NOAA monthly, forecast data.
- Tracked municipal reservoir storage levels and provided NM Office of the State Engineer (OSE) and Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) the 2016 monthly reservoir levels for the 2016 Rio Grande Compact Accounting
- Launched eye on water campaign
- Organized an education initiative involving many utility outreach partners for a comprehensive education program offered to 4th graders
- Re-designed Irrigation rebate to launch in April 2017
- Commercial rebate launch in April 2017
- Nichols & McClure Reservoir and Raw Water Supply Pipeline – Water Division utilized the On-Call Engineering contract to prepare a Dam Inspection Report and a Hydraulic Evaluation and Conveyance Alternative Analysis. Design of outlet conduit rehabilitation for both dams is underway as is design of the raw water supply pipeline replacement project.
- Buckman 24 Inch Parallel Pipeline – Water Division utilized the On-Call Engineering to prepare engineering plans and specifications for a transmission line between Buckman Booster Station No. 4 and the Buckman 10 MG tank and a master meter station for West SFC service area.
- Old Filter Plant Site Improvements – Water Division prepared engineering plans for site improvements at an 11 acre tract at Cerro Gordo Road and Upper Canyon Road which included the removal of obsolete filter structure, piping and meter vault relocations. The site will now be incorporated into City open space and park area which is adjacent to The Nature Conservancy’s Santa Fe Canyon Preserve area.
Source of Supply
- Hosted an inspection by the Office of State Engineer on Nichols and McClure Dam and received a satisfactory report regarding operation and maintenance of these Santa Fe River Dams;
- Completed demolition of the Old Filter Plant site at the corner of Cerro Gordo and Upper Canyon Road and implemented an agreement with Parks and Recreation Department regarding their future enhancement of the site and use as a Dale Ball Trails connector.
- Provided all necessary flows to the Santa Fe River from Nichols Reservoir pursuant to the Living River Ordinance
- Completed start-up of new McClure Reservoir Intake Tower with Engineering Section and contractor. Refilled McClure Reservoir to 86% in 2016 during Spring runoff season while maintaining production levels and required releases to the river;
- Produced safe drinking water throughout 2016 for the citizens of Santa Fe in compliance with all SDWA chemical/physical and biological water quality standards.
Transmission and Distribution
- Repaired 22 water service lines
- Repaired 25 water main breaks;
- Repaired 196 meters and vaults or cans
- Replaced over 8000 feet distribution main lines which have reached the end of their useful life, are undersized or are needed to improve water system interconnections with CIP funding;
- Developed standards for new (PRV) pressure reducing valves stations; along with (PRV) pressure reducing valve maintenance.