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SANTA FE -- An upscale Santa Fe-area development whose golf
courses had been using about 10 percent of the water produced by the
city's utility has agreed to cut back.
Under an agreement reached recently, Las Campanas' golf courses
will be limited to 6 million gallons a week, just over 857,000
gallons a day. The luxury development northwest of the city limits
had been using 1 million to 1.5 million gallons per day on the golf
The city and Santa Fe County last year sued Las Campanas to
determine whether it had to follow emergency water restrictions
imposed on other water system users.
A trial is scheduled Oct. 14.
The agreement will be in force until Oct. 31. Both sides said they
hoped a judge would rule in the lawsuit by then.
The partnership that runs the development contends it does not
have to follow the same restrictions as other water users because it
made agreements for its water with earlier city and county
Las Campanas and city officials disagreed over language in the
agreements that requires Las Campanas to share in cutbacks when water
The dispute came to a head recently when Mark Sheridan, the city's
attorney, sought to reduce Las Campanas' golf-course irrigation to
3.6 million gallons a week, or 514,285 gallons a day.
Sheridan said he calculated the amount based on a recent ruling by
state District Judge Jim Hall that Las Campanas' allocations could be
figured ``by assuming it is subject to'' emergency water
Las Campanas protested, saying the reduction would kill or damage
its 160 acres of fairways, greens and tees. Company attorney Charles
DuMars asked Hall for a temporary restraining order to prevent the
city's ``unilateral action.'' Sheridan and DuMars have told the judge
they had compromised on 6 million gallons a week through the end of
October. That amount does not include the 200,000 to 250,000 gallons
a day used by Las Campanas' 450 homes, about 30 more homes under
construction or its restaurants, spa, swimming pools and horse
``While we do not agree that they are entitled to 6 million
gallons a week by any stretch we saw this as a compromise that we can
live with pending a trial on the merits,'' Sheridan said.
Las Campanas vice president for engineering Mike Sanderson said
the amount ``is sufficient to maintain our golf and other business
operations through the rest of the summer and fall.'' Other company
officials said the reduction means Las Campanas will be using about
the same amount as last summer.
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