Water and Waste Water
Frequently Asked Questions
Water Rights and Definition of Terms
A water right is a permitted right to draw water from a particular source such as a lake, irrigation canal or stream. And a water right transfer is a document that transfers legal ownership from one party to another. Water right determination is a study done by a certified engineer to find out if the water right is legal and appurtenant to the land issue. If you have any questions contact Paul Montoia at 505-599-1393.
Why does my water look cloudy?
Cloudy water is an indication that air has entered the water lines and is no more than highly oxygenated water (lots of tiny bubbles). It will settle rapidly and is quite safe to drink. If you have any questions call Ruben Salcido at 505-599-1284.
Why does my water look dirty at times?
It is necessary at times for the City to flush the water system in your area. This flushing may cause a disturbance of mineral build-up created within the water mains over time. As disturbance occurs, these minerals temporarily turbid the water. Although this water is still safe to drink, it can be a bit unsightly. To resolve, simply run your tap water for about 10 minutes until the color goes away.
I've noticed the water pressure in my house decreasing over the years, Why?
There may be several reasons why your water pressure is decreasing. In most cases, water leaks or mineral build-up within your plumbing lines are usually the reasons why you would experience these problems. Keep in mind, the older the plumbing, the more likely a pressure problem. The City encounters the same problems within the water mains. This why the City is proactive on its preventative maintenance programs such as leak detection, hydrant flushing and pressure testing. For any water/sewer emergencies or non-emergencies, please contact the City's operations and maintenance contractor (OMI, Inc.) anytime 505-326-1918.
Where do I go to get a new water/sewer connection?
Apply for new water/sewer connections at the Farmington City Hall 800 Municipal Dr. (Annex Building). For questions related to new or existing water/sewer service, environmental concerns, irrigation ditches or new commercial & residential developments - contact our Water/Wastewater Operations Manager, Ruben Salcido at 505-599-1284.