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. 

Do I need to pay any fees or apply for permits with the county?

For an unpermitted system – Wastewater Operator permit, no fee.

For a 30-year system – Wastewater Operator permit, no fee.

For Connected to municipal sewer – Septic Tank Abandonment permit, no fee.

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