PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM OWNERSHIP
Asking "Who owns EAWSD?" is much like asking, "Who owns Santa Fe County?"
Eldorado Area Water & Sanitation District (EAWSD) is not a private "water company" nor is it a member-owned coop. Rather, it is a public water system (PWS No. NM3537326).
It was established in 1997 as a quasi-municipal corporation and local governmental body chartered by the State of New Mexico as a special district under the New Mexico Water and Sanitation District Act NMSA 1978, Sections 73-21-1 through 73-21-54. It is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected from and by the ratepayers and taxpayers of the District. EAWSD is subject to the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act and all the drinking water quality standards and regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the State of New Mexico.
EAWSD acquired the private water system that was developed in the Eldorado area by an early land development company in the area and began serving customers in 2004. It currently serves about 3,000 customers (population of about 6,500), 98% of which are residential customers and 2% of which are commercial and public authority customers. The area served by EAWSD is determined by the District boundaries.
If you would like to obtain a Statement of Public Water System service for a specific property, please contact the EAWSD Billing and Customer Service office at 466-1085.