Correction appended.

Ongoing problems at the city of Santa Fe's wastewater treatment plant will be the subject of a special City Council meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mayor Alan Webber and city councilors are scheduled to receive an update on compliance issues and corrective action at the Paseo Real wastewater treatment plant, which has been shut down for different reasons at least three times in less than a year. The latest shutdown occurred April 23.

While Webber said Monday the plant was back in operation over the weekend, the council also will consider a request to sell potable water to the Santa Fe Country Club and the city-owned Municipal Recreation Complex, both of which rely on treated effluent to irrigate their golf courses.

The agenda for the special meeting did not include packet material, but it states the sale of potable water to both entities would not exceed 600,000 gallons a day for up to 10 days at each facility at a rate of $6.06 per 1,000 gallons "for the present unavailability of treated effluent."

To learn more about the meeting, visit

Correction: This story has been amended to reflect the following correction: An earlier version incorrectly said the special City Council meeting would be held Wednesday.

Show what you're thinking about this story

You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.

Recommended for you

(2) comments

Stefanie Beninato

NO POTABLE WATER ON GOLF COURSES. Get it right Webber's stellar team or let the grass die. People cannot drink grass. Try bring creative--how about artificial turf or use different types of sand (ala middle east ) for golf courses instead of live grass.

Francisco Carbajal

The problem with the City of Santa Fe Governing Body and the Mayor is the blatant ignorance of failure to keep the downstream resident's, landowner's, and a tribal nation included in their discussions relating to the dysfunctional Wastewater Treatment Facility. In the last century (circa. 1980's), the Valle de La Cieneguilla Land Grant, La Bajada, and the Pueblo of Cochiti have senior-water rights that are set forth by the State Engineer's Office which includes the so-called "treated effluent waters" that are being discharged from this public infrastructure south of the city limits. Yet, the wealthy and rich enterprises of the golf courses continues to reclaim this precious resources without the City of Santa Fe protecting the downstream user's to cultivate their agricultural and traditional practices to survive. The selling of this senior water rights to a junior water rights entities (the Santa Fe Golf Course, the Santa Fe Polo Grounds, the Las Campanas, the MRC, etc.) is plain wrong. Currently, the treatment process of human waster and disposal from Santa Fe at this facility has compromised the precious groundwater table that the Traditional and Historic Communities downstream survive daily with. It is time for the City of Santa Fe to begin a serious tabletop conversation with the local resident's downstream.

Welcome to the discussion.

Thank you for joining the conversation on Please familiarize yourself with the community guidelines. Avoid personal attacks: Lively, vigorous conversation is welcomed and encouraged, insults, name-calling and other personal attacks are not. No commercial peddling: Promotions of commercial goods and services are inappropriate to the purposes of this forum and can be removed. Respect copyrights: Post citations to sources appropriate to support your arguments, but refrain from posting entire copyrighted pieces. Be yourself: Accounts suspected of using fake identities can be removed from the forum.