ELDORADO AREA WATER & SANITATION DISTRICT
2 North Chamisa Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508-9483
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR CUSTOMERS
May 1, 2023: Summer Watering Restrictions begin May 1, 2023 as part of the Water Restrictions & Alert Management Plan (WRAMP). This will be implemented yearly from May 1 through August 31, coinciding with the Water Conservation Surcharge. The Summer Watering Restrictions will help to ensure that wells can sustain the water supply required to meet customer demand, and water levels in the tanks can be maintained to the necessary levels. However, the General Manager or Board may initiate a Stage Alert at any time due to other factors. The April issue of Water Notes explains in more detail as does the website if you scroll to view 'District Updates.' Thank you.
Updated: June 23, 2022
Projects that have been completed since 2016:
Completed Phase 1 of the Pressure Zone Optimization Project, which reduces water pressure in
high-pressure areas of the District and redistributes pressure zones to allow storage tanks to
efficiently meet system demands. This project was funded in part by a $360,000 Water Trust Board
(WTB) grant/loan. The total cost of the project was $710,000
Replaced 460 old meters with new radio meters, increasing the number of radio meters in the
system to 70%. 655 of the new meters are BEACON® meters which allow customers to monitor
water use online and to receive an alert message when a water leak is detected. This project was
funded in part by a $250,000 WTB grant.
Completed an update to the EAWSD Utility Master Plan. This is the District’s (20-year) capital
improvements plan. It needs to be updated every three to five years and is a requirement for
obtaining State and Federal grants and loans. The project was funded in part by a $50,000 New
Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) Local Government Planning Fund grant. The total cost of the
project was $93,000.
Completed the Well 2A/2B Dual Production Project, which allows simultaneous pumping from both
a new well and an older well at the Well 2 site, increasing potential water production by 70%. The
project was funded in part by a 2016 Legislative grant of $115,000. The remaining funding was
from a portion of a $357,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRLF) low-interest
loan. The total cost of the project was $300,000.
Replaced 73 old meters with the New BEACON meters bringing the total to 2,131 or 65%, the
number of radio-read and BEACON meters in the system.
Completed construction of Well 19 Production Facilities with 80 gallons per minute of production
capacity. The project was funded by two Legislative grants totaling $482,000 and a DWSRLF
loan. Total cost of the project was $1,600,000.
Completed construction of tank rehabilitation and cathodic protection improvements for the
District’s Tank 1 and Tank 2. This important project which protects and extends the useful life of
these crucial facilities was completed at a cost of $275,000.
Replaced 300 manual meters with new BEACON meters bringing the number of radio-read and
BEACON meters in the system to approximately 2,600 or 87%.
Completed a SCADA Needs Assessment Study that included development of a five-year plan for
upgrades and improvement to the District’s automated controls and data management system.
Completed Phase 2 of the Pressure Zone Optimization Project (PZO-2). PZO-2 was the second
of the three-phase project of improvements to the District’s water system to reduce system high
pressure areas. The project was funded by a DWSRLF loan which included 25% loan forgiveness.
The total cost of the project was $460,000.
Completed the Caballos Trail pipeline replacement project. Due to the high frequency of line
breaks and repairs of this 1,400 feet of undersized pipeline, the project was identified in the 2017
Utility Master Plan Update as the District’s highest priority pipeline replacement project. The
project was funded by a DWSLRF loan which included 25% loan forgiveness. The total cost of
the project was $160,000.
Completed Phase 1 of improvements to the District’s Administrative office located at 2 North
Chamisa Drive. Improvements included a much-needed new roof, stucco, and HVAC system.
The project was funded by a New Mexico Finance Authority Public Project Revolving Loan Fund
(PPRF) loan. The total cost of the improvements was $165,000.
Completed the Tank 4 to Tank 1 Booster Pump Station (BPS) and Transmission Line (TL) project.
This is the first of two projects to increase the capacity to transmit water throughout the District’s
system as required as part of the Santa Fe County/Eldorado joint water delivery project. The
project includes a new two-pump BPS at the District’s Tank 4 site and approximately 8,000 feet of
new 8-inch pipeline from Tank 4 to a connection to Tank 1 at Avenida Del Monte Alto and Avenida
De Amistad. The project was funded by a $315,000 Legislative Grant, a $500,000 WTB grant/loan
and a DWSRLF loan. The cost of the project was $1,400,000.
Completed construction of Tank 4 rehabilitation and cathodic protection improvements. The cost
of this much-needed project was $400,000, which was paid for by operating revenues.
Completed construction of Phase 2 of improvements to the District’s Administrative office.
Improvements included interior modifications to create a new customer service and billing center
to enhance the functionality of the space and the District’s ability to serve customers. The
approximately $40,000 in cost for these improvements were funded from the District’s capital
Completed Phase 3 of the Pressure Zone Optimization Project (PZO-3). PZO-3 is the final phase
of improvements to the District’s water system to reduce system high pressure areas. Key
elements of PZO-3 include installation of a systemwide high-speed radio communication system
and monitoring capabilities at existing Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) stations. The project was
funded by a DWSRLF loan, the terms of which include 25% loan forgiveness. The total estimated
cost of the project is $1,050,000.
Completed recoating of Tank 1. The $285,000 cost of the project was funded from the District’s