Application and Benefits of Aquifer Recharge in Santa Fe, New Mexico

by Kevin Bral, CH2M HILL Inc, Greenwood Village, United States,
Mark Fenton, CH2M HILL Inc, Greenwood Village, United States,
Mike Slota, CH2M HILL Inc, Greenwood Village, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


The Sangre de Cristo Water Company (SDCW) operates a water supply and treatment system that serves the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Water is supplied to the system by the City Well Field, the Buckman Well Field, and a three-reservoir surface water system. The City Well Field water levels have declined since the well field was placed into operation. One of the City wells, Torreon Well, has experienced a water level decline of about 140 feet since it was constructed in 1950. Additionally, Torreon Well has exhibited a history of relatively high barium and nitrate concentrations in the produced water. An innovative water management concept is currently being tested in the City Well Field on Torreon Well. The concept is known as Aquifer Storage Recovery (ASR), and for SDCW, it will ultimately involve storing treated drinking water in the City Well Field.

Subject Headings: Wells (water) | Urban areas | Municipal water | Water storage | Aquifers | Developing countries | Water treatment | Water resources | New Mexico | United States

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