New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

Water Quality

Publications

Photo of the publication cover. Sulfate in Drinking Water Water Quality - Help January 1, 2007

Sulfate usually occurs naturally in the groundwater in New Mexico because the water dissolves it out of rocks, such as gypsum. Natural levels can be increased by contamination from mines, mills, landfills, sewage and other man-made sources.



Photo of the publication cover. Nitrates in Drinking Water Water Quality - Guide February 1, 2006

What you need to know and do if your water system says the water has too much nitrate.

Nitratos Y El Agua Para Beber



Photo of the publication cover. Boil Water Notice or Order Water Quality - Guide January 1, 2005

What you need to do if your water system has told you to boil your water.

Aqua Hevida



Photo of the publication cover. Nitrate in Drinking Water Water Quality - Help September 1, 2003

Nitrate is a chemical compound made up of nitrogen and oxygen, which can be found at low levels in foods (vegetables and meat preservatives) and well water. Nitrate is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Nitrate can become harmful when bacteria in the environment, food, or in the human body convert nitrate into nitrite.



Photo of the publication cover. Bacterial Contamination Water Quality - Help August 1, 2003

Bacteria are living organisms that are too small to see without a microscope. They are present all around us in air, soil, and water. Some types of bacteria can get into drinking water and make people sick.



Photo of the publication cover. Dairies & Human Health Water Water Quality - Help August 1, 2002

Citizens have expressed some health concerns about living near dairies, especially regarding water quality, air quality, and odor problems.



Photo of the publication cover. Drought Water Quality - Help July 1, 2002

The system operators should have a plan for securing an emergency water supply if you are on a public water system. Community water consumers are encouraged to participate in the decision-making process for their community’s drought emergency preparedness.



Photo of the publication cover. Lead in Drinking Water Water Quality - Help June 1, 2002

The Safe Drinking Water Act sets an action level of 15 or less ppb (parts per billion) of lead in drinking water at consumer’s homes. Drinking water in New Mexico does not naturally contain lead, but lead can get into the water, if lead leaches out of any lead-containing components in the plumbing.