Where Does Our Drinking Water Come From?

Santa Fe's drinking water supplies come from three sources as shown in the map below:

  • Santa Fe River (surface water)
    • stored in the municipal reservoirs
    • treated at the Canyon Road Water Treatment Plant
  • Rio Grande (surface water)
  • Tesuque Formation aquifer (groundwater)
    • the City well field (see blue dots on map below)
    • the Buckman well field (see green dots on map below)

  Map of Sources of Drinking Water Supplies

The percentage of water from any one source changes from month to month and year to year depending upon a number of factors including availability, status of infrastructure, water rights, turbidity in the Rio Grande, customer use, and engineering improvements.  The graphs below illustrate how the sources of supply varied between 2011 and 2013.

Graph of 2013 Water Supply Sources

Graph of 2013 Monthly Water Supply Sources

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