High Desert Water in the Time of COVID-19


The City of Santa Fe will keep its residents updated on everything surrounding COVID-19.

What would hospitals be like right now, in the middle of a pandemic, if they had no water? What if we couldn’t wash our hands at home or in public places? Hospitals need water, firefighters need water, and our homes need water. Water has always been a public healthy and safety issue. Every drop counts every day. Pandemic or not, please value water.

The Santa Fe Water Conservation Office’s Response to COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic is reminding us all how important it is to wash our hands. Water for hand washing is essential to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But just think of all that potable water running down the drain during that 20 seconds of hand washing. Many sinks have handles that, unless you have mobility issues, can be easily operated by your elbow. If you do have a faucet that allows you to easily turn on and off the water, please do it. Washing your hands thoroughly and often is important, but there's no need to waste water while you do it. Even in the middle of a pandemic we can make the effort to save water. #ValueWater.

Helping our community protect our health while continuing to value Santa Fe’s water.

  • The City’s Water Division will continue to deliver safe drinking water throughout the pandemic because of advanced treatment processes and stringent monitoring protocols. So please don’t hoard bottled water - we have a safe and reliable drinking water supply.
  • As the number of coronavirus cases in New Mexico continue to climb, the city has temporarily suspended water shut-offs during this public health emergency.
  • Toilet paper shortages can also place a strain on our wastewater system. The increased use of wet wipes and paper towels can block our wastewater system because they do not breakdown in water the same as toilet paper. Please only flush toilet paper.

Spring is a good time to re-think the ways we use water outdoors.

Capture your rain water for later use.

Spring is a good time to re-think the ways we use water outdoors. Due to social distancing efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we've found ourselves spending the majority of time at home.

We encourage you to look on the bright side a see it as a great opportunity to finally check off those yard and garden tasks from your list. Whether it's planting a small vegetable garden, converting your lawn to a xeriscape, or installing a drip system, we have resources and rebates to help you. Go to our Outdoor Rebates page to get started.

Friendly reminders from our City partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are some friendly reminders from our City partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Health Info

Below are important links regarding COVID-19:

New Mexico Department of Health - Main Website

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

Executive Orders & Public Health Orders

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19