About the BDD
The BDD provides a safe, reliable and sustainable source of excellent drinking water for the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County. The BDD improves the regional water supply under drought conditions, replaces current groundwater pumping that cannot be sustained, and makes a drought reserve possible. In May 2011, after nearly a decade in development, the Buckman Direct Diversion Board (BDD) assumed responsibility for the day-to-day operations, management and maintenance of the Buckman Regional Water Treatment Plant (BRWTP) and facilities. During the severe drought experienced by Santa Fe from the late 1990s to 2002, the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County designed a sustainable water supply project to help protect our region from running out of water during a drought. Despite ongoing, very successful water conservation programs, the Santa Fe region did not have enough reliable and sustainable drinking water to meet the growing needs. Creating the BDD provided a fourth source of water, improving the regional water supply under drought conditions, allowing groundwater to recharge, and making a drought reserve possible.