The Albuquerque area relies on two sources for its drinking water.
Ground water from the Santa Fe Group Aquifer and San Juan-Chama surface water diverted from the Rio Grande via the San Juan-Chama Drinking Water Project
. Approximately 96 wells combine with the San Juan-Chama project to produce about 33 billion gallons of drinking water for the Water Authority's service area every year.
It is the Water Authority’s job to safeguard the quality of the drinking water from these two sources while working to ensure a reliable long-term supply for our community.
Information on water quality is provided periodically to the public via our annual Water Quality Report . Information on our Cross-Connection program, which helps prevent contamination of the water in your household pipes, can be found here.
Plans for ensuring a long-term supply center around a four-fold strategy involving conservation, aquifer storage and recovery, re-use, and the San Juan-Chama Drinking Water Project. Details are available in our Water Resources Management Strategy.
Details of Water Authority plans for protecting water resources during periods of drought can be found in our Drought Management Strategy.