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

The City Water Division and Buckman Direct Diversion will be flushing the NM 599 water pipeline. 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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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.

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.

NMIFC BDD awards recipients-cropped

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.


Solar section The Buckman Direct Diversion 2A Solar Field
The Buckman Direct Diversion 2A Solar Fields

NMIFC BDD Award Maestas Speak NMIFC Plaque crop NMIFC SJ BRP Award

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 SWQB). This permit was originally issued October 24, 2008. The renewed permit is effective September 1, 2014.

As part of our water treatment processes, the BDD operates the Sediment Removal Facility that removes the large particle sediment from the Rio Grande raw river water. The NPDES permit regulates sediment that is removed from the raw water and is returned to the Rio Grande. This sediment removal process is the physical removal of large sand particles and does not include any chemical additional to the discharged water.

Since the start of BDD operation in January 2011, the Buckman Direct Diversion has remained committed to providing the highest level of safe drinking water while minimizing the impact to the environment. The BDD continues to participate in full compliance with all Federal and State requirements.

A copy of the BDD NPDES Permit can be viewed and downloaded at: www.nmenv.state.nm.us/swqb/Permits

For more information or questions about this permit, please contact Daniela Bowman, BDD Regulatory Compliance Officer at dkbowman@santafenm.gov or 505-955-4504.

Councilor & BDDB President cuts the ribbon

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 BDD Board for their insightful decision to continue to use renewable energy practices to provide clean surface drinking water for the residents of Santa Fe City and County at a substantial cost savings.

Councilor Maestas welcomes guests to the ribbon cutting

Councilor Maestas welcomes guests to the ribbon cutting

Rick Carpenter was the project manager for the solar project and coordinated efforts between Positive Energy Solar, NM Finance Authority, Bradbury Stamm Construction, and Smith Engineering in addition to a variety of subcontractors.

Rick welcomed the guests then introduced City Councilor and Chairman of the BDD Board, Joseph Maestas, who in turn acknowledged dignitaries for the State, City, County, and contractors involved on the project.

Speakers present were Senator Tom Udall’s representative Matt Miller, Senator Peter Wirth, NM Finance Authority’s Robert Colter, Positive Energy Solar’s Regina Wheeler, Jim Spinello of Smith Engineering and Cynthia Schultz of Bradbury Stamm Construction.

Senator Peter Wirth gave first hand testimony on the positive benefits of using solar to supplement facility energy cost-cutting measures and stated how he was impressed with his tour of the Buckman Direct Diversion plant’s advanced operations.

Matt Miller from Senator Tom Udall’s office read a letter from the Senator applauding our concerted efforts to continue our renewable energy efforts. He stated, “The BDD is setting an example for the entire country, as the two solar arrays continue to play such a large part in getting this most precious natural resource to everyone in Santa Fe County.” View Letter from Sen. Udall: Udall-letter-2014.pdf

The gate entrance to the solar panel array lent for a perfect spot for the ribbon cutting. The group then transitioned between the rows of solar panels for a brief description on how the high efficiency SunPower panels operate.

Solar panel ribbon cutting June 2014

Solar panel ribbon cutting June 2014

Photographers from both the Santa Fe New Mexican and Albuquerque Journal were on site to document the event and an article appeared in the New Mexican’s front page of the Local News section and on the Green Fire Times newspaper.

This new second solar array is 1.5 MW, and with the first 1.0 MW solar array, the 2.5 MW combination will power 41 percent of the energy necessary to push Rio Grande surface water 11 miles uphill for treatment at BDD and distribution to our customers.

The energy savings will reduce the BDD’s annual bill up to an additional $206,000 per year, bringing the total potential annual energy saving to $400,000.

There are 4,608 high efficiency solar panels located at the new installation. The new system takes up 30 percent less land, minimizing the footprint of the site. Special thanks to the BDD staff and everyone involved in the solar project installation.



The Buckman Direct Diversion 2A Solar Field

BDD Plant Solar Facts

2.5 total MW (1.0 MW and 1.5 MW arrays)
41 percent average total energy
8,688 total high efficiency solar panels
$400,000 potential annual energy bill savings
15,000,000 gallons of water saved in 25 years
26,000 tons of Co2 saved in 25 years
2.5 MW produces approximately enough energy to power 2500 homes annually
13 total solar acres

Rick Carpenter speaks to Matt Miller and Henry Baer, Office of Sen. Udall
Rick Carpenter speaks to Matt Miller and Henry Baer, Office of Sen. Udall

John Brown from Positive Energy Solar explains how the solar panels works

John Brown from Positive Energy Solar explains how the solar panels works

Gary Durrant, BDD Chief Operator and Cisco Romero BDD Planner

Gary Durrant, BDD Chief Operator and Cisco Romero BDD Planner

BDD Operator Jesus Salayandia, Rick Carpenter Solar Project Manager give out cold BDD water bottles at the ribbon cutting event

BDD Operator Jesus Salayandia, Rick Carpenter, Solar Project Manager, give out cold BDD water bottles at the ribbon cutting event

Senator Peter Wirth recognizes the BDD Board's efforts

Senator Peter Wirth recognizes the BDD Board’s efforts

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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The Santa Fe Children’s Water Fiesta 2014 ~ River in a Bottle

May 8, 2014
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Habitat Mitigation Update

April 9, 2014

The habitat mitigation associated with the Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) surface water diversion project has been in full swing since November 2013. The mitigation work involves removing non-native vegetation and restoring diverse native riparian-wetland habitats to the area. Non-native trees, including Siberian elm, Russian olive and saltcedar that previously dominated the project site were cut […]

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Construction begins on new Solar Array.

March 7, 2014

On January 27, 2014, work began on the construction of a 1.5 megawatt Solar Array at the Buckman Direct Diversion’s Booster Station 2A. The construction of this facility will allow the Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) to utilized electricity from the array to power the seven (7) high production pumps housed in this station. The 2A […]

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