Lynn Koch, CRS

505-379-2289 Mobile

​​​​​​​​​Lynn's Guide to the Placitas Community

100 year water supply studies were done in the following subdivisions:  Apache Mesa, Anasazi Meadows (Anasazi Trails Water Co-op), Casa Montanas, Wild Horse Mesa, Pinon Bluff and the last phase of Diamond Tail.

Prior to 2003, there was a 50 year requirement and those subdivisions include Desert and Sky Mountain, Roadrunner Trail, High Mesa and the first phase of Diamond Tail. 

All new developments and land divisions must prove water for the 100 year period.  The only exclusion would be family divisions.

June 4, 2015


The majority of Placitas homes are served by well-run community systems with a proven water supply.

Wells have recently been measured within communities like Anasazi Meadows, Anasazi Trails, Desert Mountain, La Mesa, and Sundance Mesa and there has been no discernable drop in volume of water within those community water systems in several decades.

The Ranchos de Placitas community has two established 40+ year water systems with a continuous water supply.

The majority of the Placitas community has never had a water restriction in place.

The Placitas community promotes indigenous, natural landscaping except within the confines of courtyard walls.  Placitas properties generally use very little water for landscaping.  We believe it’s how we are meant to live in a high desert environment.

In 2002 a study was published by Peggy Johnson, a well-respected hydrologist from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico.  This study, commissioned by Sandoval County, is approximately 200 pages with extensive research and hydrology maps explaining the Placitas area in terms of quantity and quality of water. The study was updated in 2008.  The majority of Placitas water comes from the Santa Fe Group Aquifer and the Albuquerque Basin which is known to be a huge reservoir of good to excellent water.  In a meeting on May 11, 2015, Ms. Johnson stated, "I would say that about 80% of Placitas has good to excellent water and there will be no availability problems in this aquifer in our lifetime or for generations to come”.  Ms. Johnson can be reached at (575) 835-5819 or  

Lynn Koch, CRS, CDPE, CNE

May 20, 2015