On Saturday, March 17, the New Mexico Environment Department will be conducting free water safety tests for private well water users.
The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Ground Water Quality Bureau monitors, protects and enforces cleanup of the state’s groundwater. The task is critically important, given that New Mexicans get approximately 90 percent of their drinking water from underground sources – not rivers, lakes and reservoirs, as most states do.
A key challenge is helping private well owners understand the vital importance of testing their water to ensure it is safe, clean, drinking water, even though the state has no jurisdiction over these wells. These wells are the responsibility of the private homeowner or landowner.
It is vital that private well owners test their water for contamination at least once a year. To offset the financial burden, NMED offers recurring, regional Water Fair events ten times a year, during which participants can have their private well water tested for free.
On Saturday, March 17, a Water Fair will offer 200 free private well water tests in Eldorado, Santa Fe County, at the Performance Space at La Tienda from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..
For more information, or to find a fair near you, visit the NMED website.