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Longtime City Water Official Heads To County

November 13, 2013, 12:00 am

Geohyrodologist Claudia Borchert knows about the sources of water for Santa Fe, and she knows they’re likely to get more expensive over time. After more than 10 years in the city’s Sangre de Cristo Water Division—where she worked on the city’s well fields, its diversion from the Rio Grande and its reservoirs in the foothills—she’s jumping Nov. 18 into a new job as head of the Santa Fe County Public Utilities Division. Now, she’ll manage the county’s drinking water delivery, including a planned expansion north in compliance with the Aamodt settlement. Her primary job is to “make sure the water utility is operating within its means,” she says, “and that may require a rate increase.” While the city of Santa Fe increased water rates by more than 8 percent for five consecutive years, county rates have not seen a hike since 2005. (Julie Ann Grimm) 


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