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. 

What is the evaluation process?

Evaluations consist of getting your septic tank pumped and a physical inspection of components for your wastewater system, some of which apply to only conventional or alternative systems.

Below are examples, but not limited to:    

Conventional Treatment – determination of tank size, type of material, tank manufacturer, baffles and effluent filter.

Alternative Treatment – manufacturer, model number, determination of functionality, maintenance provider agreements.

Disposal System - number of trenches, trench width, depth of gravel, bed size, seepage pit size, drip type and size, drainfield size, pump type.

Physical Inspection – tank covers, water level, sludge and scum level, baffles, filters, tank integrity, setbacks and pumps. 

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