Water Conservation Ordinances

Domestic Well Ordinance

The City of Santa Fe has a domestic well ordinance which requires municipal permitting of any wells drilled for domestic purposes within the City of Santa Fe.  In order to qualify for a permit under this ordinance, a proposed domestic well must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The nearest water line to the property served by the proposed domestic well must be greater than 300' from the nearest city water line;  or
  • The cost of connecting to City water must be higher than the cost of drilling a new domestic well.

In order to get a City permit, a prospective domestic well owner should begin with a visit to the City Water Division at 801 W. San Mateo in order to evaluate the property location in relation to existing water distribution infrastructure.  If the property served by the proposed well is determined to be greater than 300' from an existing water line, a domestic well permit will be opened and the process can move forward for permitting of the well both through the City water division as well as the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer.  If a property owner wished to qualify foir a domestic well permit based on the relative cost of well construction vs. connecting the the City water system, bids will be required for both services and a visit to the water department is recomended in order to go over the requirements associated with this process. 

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The water division offices are open weekdays from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and, while not required, an appointment can be arranged in advance by calling the City's domestic well coordinator at 505.955.4204.


Existing City-licensed domestic well owners are required to have a meter installed and to collect monthly meter readings which shall be submitted to the City Water Division by February 1 of each year.

To submit monthly readings, download and fill out the Domestic Well Reading Form.

Readings may be submitted either electronically to Andrew Erdmann at paerdmann@santafenm.gov, by fax at 505.995.4275, or as hard copies dropped off or mailed to the City Water Division at:

801 W. San Mateo
Santa Fe, NM  87505

Additionally, water produced by domestic wells within the City of Santa Fe is subject to all municipal rules governing water conservation including restrictions on outdoor watering and eligibility for rebate programs.

Resources For Domestic Well Owners:

National Groundwater Association Manual for Domestic Well Owners - http://info.ngwa.org/pdf/Well-Owner-Maint-Prac.pdf