Bloomfield City Council will hear report about secondary water source

City officials testing water quality of aquifer beneath San Juan River

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
An update on test bores drilled this summer at Verde del Rio San Juan Park in Bloomfield will be presented to members of the City Council on Monday.
  • The Aztec City Commission will continue its discussion of finding an interim city manager.
  • The Farmington school board may adopt updates to high school graduation requirements.
  • Bloomfield will also consider using a vacant building as a fire department administration building.


FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield City Council will hear an update on the test bores that were drilled this summer in a city park to test for a new drinking water source.

The City Council meets at 6 p.m. Monday at Bloomfield City Hall, 915 N. 1st St.

The tests to find a secondary source of clean drinking water were done in July near the confluence of Largo Wash and the San Juan River and inside the Vereda del Rio San Juan Park.

The drilling was done to examine the water quality in the aquifer beneath the San Juan River. The city hoped the aquifer could provide a reliable source of drinking water.

Bloomfield relies on the Bloomfield Irrigation District ditch, which has experienced numerous breaches, for its water.

According to a report included in the council packet, the aquifers in the tested locations would not meet minimum flow requirements. The report suggests other locations that could be evaluated. The most favorable site is a property owned by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at the end of County Road 4901.

In addition to hearing the report about the July tests, the City Council will consider a request from the fire department to use a vacant, city-owned property at 104 S. 2nd Street as a fire department administration building. The building was the city's original fire station.

This building at 104 S. 2nd St. in Bloomfield could be used as a fire department administration building.


In a memo including in the council packet, Bloomfield Fire Chief John Mohler stated the department would use state fire funds to repair the vacant building.

The Aztec City Commission, the Farmington City Council, the Kirtland Town Council and the Farmington Municipal School District Board also will have meetings this week.

Aztec will have a work session starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 201 W. Chaco St. prior to its 6 p.m. meeting. The work session will focus on finding a firm that will assist in hiring an interim city manager. The city has received three proposals and will likely select a firm during its meeting.

The Farmington City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 800 N. Municipal Drive. The council will have a closed session to discuss requests for proposals for renovation and expansion of the Farmington Civic Center.

The Kirtland Town Council meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kirtland Town Hall, 47 County Road 6500.

The Farmington Municipal School District School Board will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday at the district office, 2001 N. Dustin Ave. The school board will discuss adopting updates to high school graduation requirements.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

Reporter Megan Petersen contributed to this report.