Where Does Our Water Come From?

The City's potable water supplies come from four 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
    • blue color in map below
  • Santa Fe Watershed Groundwater via City Wells
    • Pumped with the "City Wells"
    • yellow color in map below
  • Buckman Wellfied Groundwater
    • orange color in map below
  • Rio Grande (surface water)

2013-2019 Production Map

2013-2019 Production Map

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, infrastructure projects, water rights, turbidity in the Rio Grande, customer use, and engineering improvements.  Generally speaking, City of Santa Fe Water uses surface water, which we think of as our renewable checking account preferrentially, saving ground water, which we think of as a savings account, for times of drought.

The figure below shows production from these four sources of water through time and highlights rapid demand growth through 1995 when the City bought the Sangre de Cristo Water Company from PNM and began to focus on conservation and shifting away from reliance on groundwater.


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