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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WaterSense Makes Cents


Check out Flo and Make the Switch!

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/

Make the Switch to Shower Better

Showering accounts for 1.2 trillion gallons of water used nationwide annually. During Energy Action Month this October, EPA is challenging consumers to shower better by switching to WaterSense labeled showerheads to save water, as well as the energy required to pump, heat, treat, and deliver water to their fixtures.

By switching to a WaterSense labeled showerhead, you can save energy, water, and money while enjoying the same level of coverage you’ve come to expect. That’s because showerheads that have earned the WaterSense label are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and meet EPA’s performance criteria for spray force and water coverage. With WaterSense labeled showerheads, you can have the same powerful shower you want, with the added satisfaction of savings.

To put it in perspective, a WaterSense labeled showerhead will save 4 gallons of water every time you enjoy a shower. Switching just one showerhead in your home to a WaterSense labeled model can save your family more than 2,900 gallons of water each year—that’s more than five times the amount of water you would save annually if you each shortened every shower by one minute. Your family can also save enough electricity to power your home for 13 days per year and reduce utility bills by nearly $70 annually!

For more shower savings, the WaterSense Rebate Finder serves as a one-stop shop for nationwide rebate offers on WaterSense labeled showerheads and other plumbing fixtures. The choice is simple—make your energy-saving action this month a switch to shower better.

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

Sustainable Water for the Espanola Basin

New Mexico is located in the high desert Southwest, and is experiencing drought issues just like the rest of the United States. During a drought, the importance of sustainable water supply becomes paramount.

The film comprehensively describes the three major elements of sustainable water as:

  • wet water (location of the water resource)
  • water rights (legal administration of water use)
  • water infrastructure (man-made and natural systems that function to provide water production, storage, conveyance, treatment, and use)

In order to improve the understanding of sustainable water in our area of Northern New Mexico, Charlie Nylander  scripted, narrated and produced this educational video that describes the major elements of sustainable water in the Espanola Basin.  Numerous water management topics are discussed, and Buckman Direct Diversion, the City of Santa Fe’s Conservation departments, and The Club at Las Campanas’ golf course water conservation initiatives are also featured in this video.

This video was funded by Los Alamos County on behalf of the Espanola Basin Regional Issues Forum (EBRIF), ad hoc forum of county, city, and tribal governments located within the hydrologic basin described as the Espanola Basin.


Credit to Charlie Nylander and Las Campanas Golf Course for use of this video by BDD.

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.