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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 UT-UTO-01.02 (E)Meter Application Residential PDF   by:
  • Email:
  • Mail:   Utility Department, Suite 250
3200 Civic Center Circle NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Once you have an approved Meter Application form from the Engineer Technician stating that no service line is available and that a well permit is required, you may submit an Application for Permit to Use Underground Waters to the state 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 a Liquid Waste Permit with NM Environment Department at the same time. 

Obtaining State Permits here:

 Permit to Use Underground Waters Form (WR-01)  to the New Mexico State of the Engineer (NMOSE).

  •  Please note that the above form, WR-01, is a form from the NMOSE and has its own fees associated with it.

 Liquid Waste or Septic Tank Permit.This permit is submitted to and reviewed by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED).

  •  Please note that this program and form above are regulated by the NMED and has its own fees associated with it.

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

Submitting an Application for a City Well Permit Application

The Private Domestic Well Application is available as a packet and contains blanks of the state forms for your convenience UT-UTO-01.06(E)Domestic WellsPDF

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

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

Email to:

It is possible to drop off your paperwork 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

Please allow 30 days for review and approval. 

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Contact Us
Julie Hamilton, Water Programs Coordinator
Environmental Programs
Utilities Department


3200 Civic Center Circle NE
Suite 250
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Ph: 505-896-8715