Water in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Yes, Virginia, there is water in Santa Fe. In a recent copy of The New Mexican supplement, The Real Estate Guide,
Frank Yardman III was interviewed. Frank is a realtor, builder and
fourth-generation native. Frank was asked about the issue of
water-supply in Santa Fe. Frank's answer was refreshingly honest, Frank
said, "I think the State Engineer's Office and every body is involved
and if there wasn't the water, we wouldn't have the growth. Santa Fe has
always had plenty of water. How do we not have enough and Albuquerque
Now I'll admit that Frank's answer in unique in that most people, especially realtors will dance around this question.
I started out in the new agent division at Santa Fe Properties, we were
treated to some really great speakers who offered critical information
about Santa Fe. One speaker was a former engineer from the State who
outlined in great detail our aquifer and it's physical attributes.
am certainly a proponent of conservation, but the fact is, we do have a
healthy water supply. Where we have problems is with infrastructure and
low-flush toilets will not solve that problem. The Indian School is one
of the largest water users in Santa Fe and that is not because they use
the water, it's because their pipes leak.
I lived in Northern
California for three years. My 2,300 squre foot house was on a 100 x 50
lot. My water bill was over $100 a month. Here in Santa Fe, I live on over an acre, within the city limits (city water) and I have
about 1/2 of that under cultivation including a section of sod. My water
bill is about $85 in the summer. I have 5-zones and I water
three times a week, with each zone on for 45 minutes. I'm not promoting
excessive growth, but I am maintaining my perennial borders which
include fruit trees.
I have a friend who will take the pot of
water she justed boiled potatoes in and use it to water her potted
flowers (once it's cooled!). Wow. I applaud her and should we all do