Domestic Well Program

Prospective Well Applicants:
The City of Rio Rancho will allow domestic water well drilling provided the applicant obtains a permit to drill the well from the municipality subsequent to the state engineers's approval. Before obtaining any permits or approvals it must first be determined which of the following criteria your property falls under:
1. When a water distribution line is at or within 300 feet from a property the property owner must connect to the city water system at the owner's expense.
2. When a water distribution line is greater than 300 feet from a property the property owner can submit a domestic well application.
To determine which of these apply to your property, and get approval to proceed, you must submit a; Meter Application form PDF to: 

Engineer Technician -  Utility Department, Suite 250
                                     3200 Civic Center Circle NE
                                     Rio Rancho, NM 87144
                                     rlujan@rrnm.gov

Once you have an approved Meter Application form from the Engineer Technician stating that no service line is available and a well permit is required, you may submit an Application for Permit to Use Underground Waters to the states Engineer's Office. (Do this before submitting to the City) Please Note: If it has been determined that there is no sewer line near the property, you will need to apply for Liquid Waste Permit with NM Environment Department. Additional fees will apply for both these agencies. 

Obtaining State Permits:
State Permit to Use Underground Water - NM Office of the State Engineer                                   (you will need form: WR-01)                      5550 San Antonio Dr. NE
                                                                   Albuquerque, NM 87109
                                                                   TEL:(505)383-4000
                                                                    Application for permit to use underground water

State Liquid Waste Permit -                       NM Environment Department
                                                                   4359 Jager Dr. Suite B
                                                                   Rio Rancho, NM 87144
                                                                   TEL:(505)771-5980
                                                                    Liquid Waste or Septic Tank Permit

You must have these approved before you submit the paperwork for your city well permit as they are required as part of the permit backup documentation.

Submitting an Application for a City Well Permit
The Private Domestic Well Application is available as a packet Domestic Well Packet PDF.
 For blanks of the state forms click the links above.

There is a guideline in the packet for information on the process, fees, and documentation required. There are specific documents that you need to submit with your permit, a checklist has been included on the second page of the guideline (item 3) to help you. 

Please fill out all sections of the city Application for Well Permit, including a detailed drawing of the site plan showing any adjacent well, septic tanks, drainage ponds, animal holding areas and structures within 300 feet radius of the proposed well site. Use the sample diagram of a typical layout included in the application paperwork as a guide.

When you have the application complete and all the backup documentation you can submit your permit to: 

Water Programs Coordinator -                 Utility Department, Suite 250
                                                                  3200 Civic Center Circle NE
                                                                  Rio Rancho, NM 87144
                                                                  TEL:(505)896-8816

It is possible to drop your paperwork off for review, but if you would like to speak to someone, or if you have questions prior to submitting, it is advisable to call ahead and make an appointment, otherwise it is not guaranteed that the Water Programs Coordinator will be available on a 'walk-in' basis.

A $200.00 well fee is payable at the time of submission
                                                                                                                                                 
If you are interested learning more about your well construction and operation you can find several webinars on Domestic Wells at The Private Well Class.

Well construction criteria can be found here: Domestic Well Construction and Abandonment Standard Manual

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