DPU Briefs Council on San Juan Chama Water Preliminary Engineering Report

Courtesy Photo from Pac8 streaming video

Deputy Utility Manager – Engineering James Alarid of the Department of Public Utilites together with consultants from CDM Smith made a presentation to the Los Alamos County Council this evening about a preliminary engineering report regarding access to Los Alamos County’s contracted 1,200 Acre-Feet-Per-Year of water from the San Juan-Chama project and how to make it available for use in the County’s water system.

The County must move forward with either replacing existing water wells, using its ground water right, or developing the San Juan-Chama water to maintain adequate supply because a number of existing wells are at the end of their service life. 

The major considerations presented were the cost of expanding the water supply, risks associated with securing San Juan-Chama water rights and the timing of when the groundwater right is maximized and becomes limiting to development.
DPU has $1 million budgeted in FY13 to complete an exploratory well and hydrologic testing.  
 League of Women Voters President Barbara Calef spoke during tonight’s public comment period at the County Council meeting about the League’s position on the San Juan-Chama water rights. The League’s position is that the water rights should only be used for future emergencies. They want citizens and the County to emphasize conservation and any plans for diversion should be selected on the basis of the least impact and harm to White Rock Canyon. Council did not make a decision as the presentation was for informational purposes only. Courtesy Photo from Pac8 streaming video



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