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All water in the Diamond Tail Community is from wells. Each well in Phase II may be shared by up to 8 homes with a maximum annual usage at 1/3 acre feet of water (108,617 gallons) per household.
An important consideration here in the Southwest is that water resources in any area can vary considerably based upon geological and other natural conditions including the available aquifer. Extensive studies and analysis have been undertaken for the Diamond Tail development by John Shomaker & Associates, Inc, a premier hydrogeology consulting firm in New Mexico. This work has been extensively reviewed by the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer which evaluates water availability requests made to Sandoval County.
The conclusion of the analysis undertaken by the State Engineer’s office simply states, “The subdivider [Diamond Tail] can furnish water sufficient in quantity to fulfill the maximum annual water requirements for the subdivision, including water for indoor and outdoor domestic uses for a period of 100 years.” The Specific and extensive studies were conducted assuming full use of all wells in Diamond Tail for 100 years.
Extensive written analysis has been completed for water resources in Diamond Tail and are available for those interested in more detail. Additionally, Sandoval County prepared an overall water quantity analysis for Placitas and a link to this extensive report is available from www.sandovalcountynm.gov in the section of County Departments for the County Development Department under water studies. In this section you can find the Shomaker report about Diamond Tail.