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Southwest Water Resources: Water Quality

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New Mexico State Resources

The New Mexico State Documents collection contains publications about water issues from 

  • New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute 
  • New Mexico State University 
  • the New Mexico Water Conference proceedings

Below you will find an example of the type of information these institutions produce.

Possible search terms for this subject area:

WRRI report, water quality, water pollution, water contaminants 


There are also many online resources produced by New Mexico agencies that deal with drought in New Mexico.


  New Mexico Department of Health --Water Quality

This state resource provides information about safe drinking water, provides access to free private well testing, fact sheets on water contaminants, and other helpful information to keep you informed and safe. 

   New Mexico Environment Department - Water Resources & Management

NMED has many programs that focus on protecting the quality of our waters and assuring safe and effective infrastructure for delivering clean water to our communities. They coordinate much of their work with federal agencies, other state agencies, local governments, and citizen groups. 

You will find information on water quality program relating to drinking water, ground water, surface water, wastewater, and cleanups. You will also find the Drinking Water Watch search system. 


Ground Water Quality Bureau

The Good Water Quality Bureau strives to increase industry and public understanding and awareness of the importance of safe groundwater supplies in sustaining the quality of life in New Mexico for this and future generations, and the importance of protecting groundwater quality through pollution prevention initiatives.

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National Resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA enforces federal clean water and safe drinking water laws, provides support for municipal wastewater treatment plants, and takes part in pollution prevention efforts aimed at protecting watersheds and sources of drinking water. There website has a tremendous amount of regulatory information regarding drinking water, ground water, watersheds. They also maintain a searchable database (EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online) of facilities by state, city, and tribal land to help assess their compliance with environmental regulations. Data available includes: pollution sources and EPA criminal and civil enforcement cases.