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LONG-RANGE WATER SUPPLY PLAN - FUTURE OF OUR WATER

The future of our water supply is contingent on future population level, conservation measures, water rights, and risks to the supply. A comprehensive assessment, analysis and projection was completed in 2006 in the Long-range Water Supply Plan. As of January 2015, this plan is currently being revised.

2017 REVISIONS

DPU is taking a revised Long-range Water Supply Plan to the Board of Public Utilities on March 15th and County Council on March 28th for approval and adoption.

2017 Revised Long-range Water Supply Plan
2017 Figures
2017 Tables

WATER RIGHTS

Total water rights available to the water production system as determined by the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer amount to 5,541.3 acre-feet/year. Additionally, Los Alamos has a contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for 1,200 acre-feet of water per year from the San Juan/Chama transmountain diversion project. The San Juan/Chama surface water has never been used in Los Alamos.

WATER SOURCE

The water source for Los Alamos comes from groundwater pumped by twelve wells, which tap the main aquifer under the Pajarito Plateau, part of the Santa Fe formation. Our system has wellhead protection in place and we treat the water with a purification system called MIOX.

WHAT’S IN OUR WATER

Download a copy of DPU’s 2015 Drinking Water Quality Report.