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. 

I’ve never had my septic pumped and it works fine. Why do I need to get an evaluation?

If you have never had the septic tank pumped, we can not be sure of the structural integrity of the tank, or if it is harming groundwater supplies or the environment. Getting your septic tank pumped and getting an evaluation done every five years will help in identifying areas of your system that may be compromised, allowing the homeowner to set aside resources and put together a plan to connect to sewer or make necessary repairs.

Preventative Maintenance

What would’ve been a $260 pumping charge every five years now becomes a $5,000 – $10,000 cost for total system replacement. Get your septic pumped and evaluated every five years.

Potential Problems

  • Obstructions (plumbing and sewage backup)
  • Foul odors and groundwater contamination 
  • Cracked septic tanks
  • Improper drainage
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