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In November of 1993, the Bernalillo County Commission adopted the Groundwater Protection Policy and Action Plan (GPPAP). The GPPAP outlines steps that should be taken by our community to protect one of our most valuable resources, groundwater. Our primary source of drinking water in Bernalillo County is groundwater.

Septic tanks have been identified as a main source of groundwater contamination, particularly along the Rio Grande Valley where the ground-water table is high. For this reason, both the City and County have made the removal of septic tanks and the connection of homes to municipal sewer lines along the Rio Grande Valley a priority. In addition, it is important to note that the Bernalillo County Wastewater Ordinance requires all homes to connect to municipal sewer lines if their property is located within 200 feet of a sewer line that is available for connection.

For more information about wastewater and septic systems, click here. 

We just had our system pumped. Do we still need an evaluation?

Yes, the best-case scenario is when you have your septic pumped is to get an evaluation done. The first step in getting an evaluation is getting your septic tank pumped. Some companies will even give you a reduced price when you combine these services together. If you have had your system evaluated in the past five years, Bernalillo County will accept the evaluation.  

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