The Santa Fe County Water Utility Division focuses on ensuring sustainable development throughout Santa Fe County. We hope to achieve this in part by enforcing water conservation requirements on residential and commercial developments. All properties served by a domestic well with water restrictions are required to install a water meter and submit monthly meter readings annually.
Domestic well meter readings are due January 1 of every year. Submissions should be made to the County Utilities Department in person or via mail or email.
Santa Fe County Sustainability Division
424 NM Hwy 599 Frontage Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not sure if you are required to submit meter readings? You may verify if water restrictions exist by checking the recorded survey plat for your residence or business. You can also call 505-992-9832 with any questions or concerns.
Santa Fe County Domestic Wells Metering Pilot Program
A domestic well is a well that accesses groundwater for domestic use such as household drinking water and outdoor irrigation. Depending upon the conditions of the permit, the Sustainable Land Development Code and the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) sets limits on the annual domestic well water use amount. Santa Fe County is working with community members in La Cienega and La Cieneguilla to develop a domestic well monitoring pilot program to ensure the sustainability of local water supplies. The project aims to better understand local groundwater levels and trends, identify requirements that apply to different wells, estimate current water demand, and project future water demand. Depending on the project’s findings, water conservation goals, enforcement of existing requirements, new ordinances, and/or other programs may be recommended. Click here to learn more about the geology and hydrology of La Cienega in the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Bulletin 161.
To read the 2022-23 Domestic Well Monitoring Plan Pilot Report for La Cienega and La Cieneguilla Planning Area, click here.