The City Water Division and Buckman Direct Diversion will be flushing the NM 599 water pipeline on Monday, May 18, 2015.  This pipeline is being relocated as a result of the new interchange on  NM 599.

The purpose of this project is to assure adequate disinfection of the water system pipeline in preparation of the waterline being put into service for both City and County consumers.

Flushing is scheduled to occur May 18, 2015.

During flushing, running water may be visible along NM 599. The flushing project will not impact traffic or water service in the area.

Please be advised the area is an active construction site accessible to construction crew only. Safety is of the utmost importance to the public and staff.

For questions about this project, or in case of an emergency, please contact Charles Vokes, BDD Facilities Manager at 505-955-4507 during business hours, or the BDD Operations Staff at 505-955-4505 after normal business hours.

 
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March 10-11, 2015

Pipeline Flushing will occur along Veteran Memorial Highway (NM 599)

The City Water Division, Buckman Direct Diversion, will be flushing the NM 599 water pipeline. This pipeline is being relocated as a result of the new interchange from NM 599. The purpose of this project is to assure adequate disinfection of the water system pipeline in preparation of the waterline being put into service for both City and County consumers.

Flushing is scheduled to occur March 10-11, 2015.

During flushing, running water may be visible along NM 599. The flushing project will not impact traffic or water service in the area.

Please be advised the area is an active construction site accessible to construction crew only. Safety is of the utmost importance to the public and staff.

For questions about this project, or in case of an emergency, please contact Charles Vokes, BDD Facilities Manager at 505-955-4507 during business hours, or the BDD Operations Staff at 505-955-4505 after normal business hours.

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Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) received a nomination and a 2014 Award of Merit from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), New Mexico Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association for its newest solar array at BDD’s Booster Station 2A.  The NAIOP honored the top New Mexico real estate projects at its annual Awards of Excellence luncheon.  Accepting the honorable mention award were Facility Manager Charles Vokes, Chairman of the BDD Board Joseph Maestas and SF Public Utilities Director Nick Schiavo.

Recognized in the Civic/Public project for the solar build by Bradbury-Stamm Construction and Positive Energy Solar, this 4,608 solar panel array increases the BDD’s energy by another 1.5 mw for a total of 2.5 mw and 41% total energy needed to treat and deliver Rio Grande surface water to Santa Fe residents.  The solar system completed in June of this year is located on 5 acres and takes up 30 percent less land, minimizing our environmental footprint.  The energy savings will reduce the BDD’s annual bill up to an additional $205,000 per year, bringing the total potential annual energy saving to $400,000.  Positive Energy Solar and Bradbury Stamm Construction were selected through an RFP process to install the array.

The top NAIOP Civic/Public project awardee was the McKinley County Justice Complex in Gallup.  The Paseo/I-25 reconstruction project was awarded with the NAIOP’s top Chairman’s award and recognized as a significant “game changer” for its huge scale and coordination plus the potential economic and environmental impact.

The Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) is proud to announce the receipt of the Catalina Muniz Best Practice Utilities Award during the New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference (NMIFC). This award highlights innovative solutions implemented to address future challenges and manage resources that affect the watershed, affect regional partners, and allow for preparation of possible utility emergency situations.

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The NM Infrastructure Finance Conference recognized Buckman Direct Diversion for resilient and sustainable operations practices for the recent construction of a 1.5 megawatt solar array which will reduce the plant’s electric costs.

City Councilor Joseph Maestas, BDD Chairman stated, “The Buckman Direct Division board’s vision for energy and water efficient practices to reduce our carbon footprint and operational costs will benefit our partners and the community well into the future. BDD strives to be a leader in sustainable technology with fuel-free, renewable solar energy, and we’re proud to be recognized by the New Mexico Environment Department’s Infrastructure Finance team for Utilities Best Practices.”

Receiving the award on behalf of BDD were Commissioner Liz Stefanics, BDD Board Vice-Chair and Nick Schiavo, Public Utilities Director.

This new solar array will provide 30 percent of the energy required to pump water from the Rio Grande River 11 miles and 1,100 feet uphill to the BDD water treatment plant. The combined energy savings of the BDD’s two solar arrays will reduce the BDD’s annual bill by approximately $400,000.

The 4608 high efficiency SunPower solar panels located in the new array reduce the required site footprint by 30%. Positive Energy Solar nominated BDD for this prestigious award. Positive Energy and Bradbury-Stamm Construction were the contractors for the project.

The BDD Board of Directors approved budget for the new solar array in 2012. The construction began in January 2014 with completion in June under the management of Rick Carpenter, BDD Project Manager.


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The Buckman Direct Diversion 2A Solar Fields

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Buckman Direct Diversion Announces Charles Vokes as New Facility Manager

October 3, 2014

The Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) is proud to announce the hiring of Charles Vokes as the new BDD facility manager. Mr. Vokes starts October 6 at Buckman Direct Diversion Regional Water Treatment Plant and comes to us from Arlington, Texas. Charles has relocated to Santa Fe to oversee a total of 34 positions, and our […]

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Buckman Direct Diversion Receives NPDES Permit Renewal

August 28, 2014

Buckman Direct Diversion Receives NPDES Permit Renewal The Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) is proud to announce that we have received renewal of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for another 5 years through the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, with certification from the New Mexico Environment Department, Surface Water Quality Bureau (NMED […]

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BDD Celebrated the 2nd Landmark Solar Project with a Great Turnout

June 25, 2014

The Buckman Direct Diversion 2A Solar Project ribbon cutting drew a nice size crowd at the Booster Station site the sunny afternoon of June 19th. Chairman Maestas was pleased to see such a good turnout for this important celebration recognizing another landmark green effort at BDD. Chairman Maestas gave kudos to the staff, and the […]

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BUCKMAN DIRECT DIVERSION INSTALLS 2nd LANDMARK SOLAR SYSTEM

June 25, 2014

BUCKMAN DIRECT DIVERSION INSTALLS 2ND LANDMARK SOLAR SYSTEM Funding Provided by the New Mexico Finance Authority Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund MEDIA CONTACT: Rick Carpenter, BDD Project Manager 505.955.4206 505.660.5696 rrcarpenter@santafenm.gov SANTA FE, N.M. – The Buckman Direct Diversion has installed a second solar array system, increasing the amount of total solar energy to […]

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Texas A&M Grad Students Tour BDD on Nine City Field Course Tour

May 29, 2014

Thirty-seven graduate students, plus three administrators from Texas A&M’s Water Management & Hydrological Sciences Program toured the Buckman Direct Diversion regional water treatment plant on May 15 as part of a nine city interdisciplinary experiential learning and research program lead by Dr. Ronald Kaiser and Kevin Gamache. The Buckman Direct Diversion water treatment facility was […]

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