City, county of Santa Fe at odds over $700K water bill

SANTA FE (AP) – Santa Fe city and county officials are at an impasse over $700,000 in water bills. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the city claims it is owed money for every time the county has relied on municipal wells and reservoirs.

The two local governments have been part of a water system known as the Buckman Direct Diversion since 2010.

The project channels surface water from the Rio Grande into a treatment plant, which pumps water into Santa Fe.

But the diversion ceases when there is sediment or upstream runoff that may contain contaminants.

Those down times are when the county leans on city resources.

The county says it is disputing the bill.

City spokesman Matt Ross says the two sides are in discussions to find a resolution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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