Water Quality

Our excellent quality, safe drinking water is monitored by staff 24/7

Safe Drinking Water

The BDD Board has taken several steps to protect Santa Fe’s drinking water and ensure it is safe to drink.


BDD provides additional water security in times of severe drought

Solar Power

BDD uses solar power to reduce our carbon footprint and utility costs.


The BDD Board was created by the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County

BDD Board

The BDD Board was created by the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County.

Take a Tour

Schedule a tour to visit Buckman Direct Diversion''s water treatment facility

Virtual Tour

BDD state-of-the-art facility is showcased by a 360 degree panoramic photo tour!

Booster Station 2A Solar Array

The Buckman Direct Diversion has installed a second solar array system in June 2014, increasing the amount of total solar energy to 2.5 MW, powering 41 percent of total energy needs to treat and deliver Rio Grande surface water to Santa Fe residents.
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Recreational Access

BDD contracts with security enforcement to patrol along Old Buckman Road at each of our facilities down to the Rio Grande for the safety of our staff and visitors, and also guards against vandalism of the wildlife habitat restoration project and recreation site
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Features of the Buckman Direct Diversion

18 million gallons possible per day peak river diversion and sedimentation separation capacity

11 miles of pipeline going 1,100 feet uphill from river to plant

12 million gallons (mg) total onsite storage: 8 mg raw water storage. 4 mg treated drinking water storage supply Santa Fe's community

Highly Advanced Treatment Facility in NM and the Southwest featuring Ozone, Membrane Filtration and Granular Activated Carbon for exceptional high quality, great tasting water.

4608 SunPower high efficiency solar modules at Booster Station 2A, plus 4080 solar panels at BDD plant power approximately 41% of our energy.

1.5 MW solar energy at Booster Station 2A produces enough energy to power approximately 2,500 homes anually

Awards to Date: Leeds Silver certification, 2-NM Water & Wastewater awards, NMED NMIF Best Practices Utilities Award, Design Build Institute of America Innovation award

About 550 new jobs have been created by BDD and solar array constructions

Some Fun Facts About Us


tons of CO2 saved over 25-years


re-plantings of native vegitation


dollars for habitat restoration


dollars in capital contributions

The BDD Provides
Excellent Quality Drinking Water

Early Notification System

Early Notification System of water flowing down the Los Alamos canyons

Storm Water Shutdown

Shutdown of the river diversion so we don’t pull contaminated raw river water into our system

Particle Removal Process

BDD’s water treatment plant effectively removes arsenic, uranium, pharmaceuticals and personal care product contaminants


Advanced Water Treatment

Advanced water treatment process removes 99.99 % of contaminants

Testing Transparency

Water quality is monitored by computerized on-line instruments at each stage of the treatment process

EPA and NMED Reporting

The BDD staff collects water samples to be tested at certified laboratories and submits monthly reports to NMED for compliance

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Request a Tour

Our highly knowledgeable staff welcomes the opportunity to showcase Buckman Direct Diversion

Tours focus on the technology that process Rio Grande raw surface water into clean drinking water for the community of Santa Fe, and invites groups of various ages and education levels ranging from Junior high school to graduate studies for customized tours.

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Trainings, Seminars & Opportunities

BDD Supports and Participates in Local and Regional Utility Operator’s Trainings

Operators are required to receive yearly training at the BDD, meeting all NM Environment Department (NMED) requirements and encourages all BDD staff to obtain higher education and certifications in their field of work.

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BDD Encourages EPA WaterSense Practices

BDD and the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department are EPA WaterSense partners, and you can be too!

Save water by selecting WaterSense labeled products, and conserving water at your home, office and in your yard. Go online to calculate your savings, or test your knowledge. Kids can also learn water-saving habits with fun activities with Flo!

Visit www.epa.gov/watersense/

Save It Santa Fe!

Seasonal water restrictions went into effect in May.  City water managers want to remind Santa Feans that they cannot water between 10am and 6pm, and no more than three times a week.

Water customers decreased average daily water use from 101 gallons per person per day (GPCD) in 2013 to 95 GPCD in 2014. Reducing GPCD is one measure of success for any water conservation program.

The Facts on Leaks

  • A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
  • A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s enough water to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
  • Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench.
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Another Source of Sustainable and Reliable Drinking Water

Drinking Water Standards

Current standards involve testing drinking water quality for more than 95 contaminants, including:

7 radiochemical contaminants (radionuclides)

8 disinfection by-products & residuals

9 microbials

18 inorganics

53 organics

Awards & Certifications

The Buckman Direct Diversion Project has received a number of awards and certifications,
defining the facility as a national leader in water treatment quality.


Oversight Organizations

Our water quality is double checked and supervised by our oversight
organizations to assure your water is safe and clean.


Project Partners

Community partners have worked together to make the Buckman Direct
Diversion Project a source of clean water throughout Santa Fe County.