Tribal Utility Director – Steven Pajarito (WL2) (WWL2)

Utility Supervisor – Isaac Tenorio (WL1)

Administrative Assistant – Samantha Calabaza

Water & Waste-Water Technicians

Eugene Pacheco(WL1)    Joseph Pena

Martin Rosetta   Steven Melchor (WL1)

Water Operator Certified level (WL*)

Waste-Water Operator Certified level (WWL*)

Solid Waste Technicians 

Herman Tenorio*             Keith Pacheco

Elden Aguilar      Timothy Martinez

*Leave of Absence




Monday – Friday 8-5 (closed for lunch 12-1). Closed holidays  and Tribal Events


Office Phone: 505-465-0055

Fax: 505-465-0056

Office email:

Emergency contact:

After 5:00pm and Before 8:00am

Steven Pajarito – 505-695-6608 (Message)

Community Center: 505-465-2214


  • Provide Safe Drinking Water throughout the Pueblo of Santo Domingo.
  • Water distribution and disinfection is monitored on a daily basis chlorine residuals are also taken daily.
  • Monthly total coliform residual sampling and annual compliance sampling, such as Lead/Copper, Nitrates, VOC’S, and SOC’s, on our water system as required by EPA Region 6.
  • Daily monitoring of the wastewater system (lift station, lagoon and irrigation site).
  • Installation on new water and wastewater services, such as service lines, septic tanks, leech fields, drain fields, and Grinder pumps (if needed), for new homes or mobile homes. These service are provided through Indian Health Services Scattered Homes Project. An application is required, can be obtained at the Utility Office.
  • Water and sewer Maintenance services (plumbing) from 8am -5pm Monday-Friday. Customers are required to fill out work order at the utility office.

Services Not Provided

  • We absolutely DO NOT service or install any type of LP or natural gas piping. (Except for water heaters.)
  • Electrical services (except for water heaters.)
  • Construction work such as framing, drywall or pouring concrete slabs.
  • Rough-in construction services for new restrooms, due to the demand.

Emergency Calls

  • After hour emergency services:

o             Weekdays (After 5pm, before 8am)

o             Weekends

o             Holidays and Cultural Events


o             Water main

o             Service line breaks:

             Sewer or Water services:

             Tribal Utility is responsible from main to meter ONLY.

             Meter to house the Resident is Responsible.

             Water heater bursts and other emergencies that may occur within residence.

o             All other services are handled on normal working days. An emergency number is listed above. (Tech will assess the situation upon arrival).


Solid-Waste: Curbside Collection/Transfer Station – Current Service Provided

  • The collection of household trash/refuse is available to the community through two different types of services:

o             Curbside collection: Residents wanting this service are required to pay the “Utility Service Agreement,” which covers the basic utility services of: water, wastewater and solid waste. Residents that sign the utility agreement to include solid waste are issued a 90-gallon tote for their household trash and will be added to one of three schedules for curbside collection. Household trash/refuse that is collected through curbside is then transported down to the Sandoval County Landfill for final disposal. The Tribal Utility Department is responsible for abiding by the Sandoval County’s requirements for acceptable household trash/refuse and covering the cost associated with tipping fees at the landfill, which can vary in cost based off of the tonnage collected from residential totes. The schedule for curbside collection is as follows:

             Tuesday: main village

             Wednesday: Outskirts

             Thursday: Sub-division & Domingo

o             Transfer Station: Residents can also bring in their household trash/refuse, furniture (couches, mattress/box spring, dressers, etc.), tires, and T.V.s to the transfer station and pay the required fees for disposal. The Tribal Utility Department has a contract with Waste Management for collection, hauling and disposal of the trash/refuse collected in the 30-cubic yard bins and therefore, are required to abide by Waste Management regulations of acceptable trash/refuse for these bins. Fees vary based off of the items disposed of at the transfer station. Fees are as follows:

             Couches…………….…$6.00 each

             Love seat………….…..$3.00 each

             Chairs……………….….$3.00 each

             Mattress/box……….$3.00 each

             Tires………………….…$3.00 each

             T.V.s………………..……$5.00 each

             Level Bed………….….$5.00 each

             Mid Cab………….……$5.00 each

             Cab Level………….….$6.00 each

             Over bed level……..$8.00 each

             Trash bag…………..…$0.75 each

* The transfer station also accepts yard & constructions debris (cement, adobe, bricks, cinder blocks, etc., these fees are based off of the truck/trailer load.

  • The Tribal Utility Department in collaboration with the Natural Resources Department has been working tirelessly to plan, develop, and implement a recycling program to help in diverting the waste stream to reduce the amount of household trash/refuse going into the landfill from Santo Domingo Pueblo. Over the past 10 years, the Natural Resources Department has been applying for the General Assistance Program (GAP) grant sponsored by the U.S. EPA Region 6 to bring the pollution prevention (recycling) mechanism to the Tribe’s transfer station to make a more sustainable solid waste management program. Currently the recycling program accepts the following items free of charge and these items can be dropped off at the transfer station in the designated areas:

* All plastics and aluminum/steel/tin cans must be rinsed before dropping off at the recycling program.


             Aluminum/steel/tin cans – including beverage can, steel/tin food can

             Mixed paper – newspaper, copy paper, colored paper, magazine, etc.

             White goods – refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners, and freezers

             Corrugated cardboard – including waxy cardboard (cereal boxes, 12-pack boxes, etc.) NOTE: cardboard boxes MUST be flattened before placing into the trailer

             Plastics #1-7 (soda/water bottles, laundry detergent bottles, milk jugs, shampoo/conditioner bottles, rigid plastics, etc.


Auto batteries, tires, antifreeze, cooking oil and used motor oil buckets of paint, paint thinner, and tar.


  • We absolutely DO NOT service or install any type of LP or natural gas piping.
  • Electrical services, except for water heaters.
  • Construction work such as framing, drywall or pouring concrete slabs.
  • Rough-in construction services for new restrooms, due to the demand of maintenance services.

MAJOR PROJECTS: Water Infrastructure Improvements

  • Completed October 2006 – Phase I Water Main Distribution Replacement by Joe Padilla Utility Construction.
  • Completed December 2012 – Phase II Water Main Distribution Replacement by Desert Utility Construction.
  • Completed July 2013 – I-25 New Well #2 Project by Yellow Jacket Construction.
  • Completed April 15, 2014 – 175,000 Gallon Water Storage Tank & Water Main extension Project by Joe Padilla Utility Construction. The storage tank was put online on same date.
  • Completed June 27, 2014 – Water Main extension & Pump Housing Addition project, for the new well #2.
  • New well #2 was officially put online into service on September 4,

MAJOR PROJECTS: Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements

  • Completed June 2008 – Wetwell Replacement (Lift Station) by Joe Padilla Utility Construction.
  • Completed October 2012 – Phase I Lagoon Improvements & Pasture Restoration (Irrigation Site) by Saigon Construction Inc.
  • Completed October 14, 2014 – Wastewater Lagoon Transfer Structures, Piping Force Main and Discharge Manhole by File Construction LLC.
  • Pending – Phase II Lagoon Improvements.’