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Water Rights in Angel Fire, New Mexico

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Whether you buy a property on public water or a well, rest assured that you’ll have clean and reliable mountain water coming from your taps. But knowing where your water will be supplied from is important to understand before purchasing or building a home. The answer depends on the location of the property. Generally, properties located within Angel Fire Resort’s boundaries utilize village water while properties in Black Lake are on private or community wells.

Village of Angel Fire Water

If the property you choose utilizes the Village of Angel Fire’s public water supply, your water will come from one of three wells located in Angel Fire. These three wells are pumped to three large storage tanks. Gravitational force then brings water to homes. Although there has not been a shortage of water in Angel Fire in the recent past, there are still water use restrictions in place. In the rare event of a water shortage, the Village of Angel Fire works closely with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (OSE) as well as the Village of Cimarron regarding water rights. Water rights can be complicated, but simply stated, the Village of Angel Fire has both Senior and Junior water rights. This means Angel Fire would have priority water rights in Cimarron if there was ever a shortage.

If drinking water quality is of interest to you, rest assured that Angel Fire provides very clean water. Water is only treated with a chlorination process. Fluoride is not used. The Village of Angel Fire is required to provide an annual water quality report for public knowledge. If interested, this 2016 Village of Angel Fire Water Report can provide more in-depth details on the water quality in Angel Fire.

The minimum monthly bill that you can expect to pay for water in the Village of Angel Fire is approximately $65.00. Applications for water and sewer services in Angel Fire can be found here. Monthly payments can be made by mail or in person at the village office.

Well Water

On the other hand, if you choose a property that already has a well, you would not have to pay a monthly water bill but a well inspection should be performed before you purchase. A well inspection can typically be performed by you home inspector.

If your property needs to have a well drilled or replaced, obtaining a state issued permit is the first step. The cost of a permit for drilling a new well is $125 while a permit for replacing a well costs $75. A permit takes approximately two weeks to obtain. After obtaining a permit, the depth of the well is a main factor when determining the cost. Depths in our area can range from 150 feet to 750 feet depending on the location, so getting an onsite consultation and quote is important.  On average, the overall cost of drilling a new well is approximately $10,000. Mack’s Drilling, Inc. is an experienced company that can help. For further details on drilling a well, view this document on DRILLING YOUR WATER WELL by the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer.

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One Response to “Water Rights in Angel Fire, New Mexico”

  • Iris Smith
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    Thank you for mentioning that a home inspector can perform a water well inspection on a regular basis. My father wants to drill a water well for his house. I’ll advise my father to get the well inspected to ensure that the water quality is good.

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