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The Drinking Water Bureau regulates public water systems in New Mexico. A public water system is any water system that serves at least 15 service connections or 25 individuals at least 60 days out of the year.

Contact List: Drinking Water Bureau Programs and Staff

We ensure public water systems provide drinking water that meets all regulations by overseeing:

Safe Drinking Water Act and New Mexico drinking water regulation compliance

Drinking Water Bureau Quality Management Plan (QMP) - The QMP describes the quality system used by the Drinking Water Bureau for planning, implementing, documenting, and assessing the effectiveness of activities supporting environmental data operations and other environmental programs.

U.S. EPA's Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5)

Our programs provide support for public water systems through:

Public Water System Supervision (PWSS)

Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for Sanitary Surveys of Public Water Systems - All sanitary survey activities performed by NMED DWB staff or contractors are covered within this QAPP.

New Mexico's Annual Public Water Systems Compliance Report for 2021

Sustainable Water Infrastructure Group (SWIG)

Water and Wastewater Utility Operator Certification - testing, certificates, training

Water Infrastructure Projects - engineering review and funding;

Technical Capacity Assessment and Planning - assistance, optimization, training;

Managerial and Financial Capacity - assistance, training

Source Water Protection - assessment, planning, special studies

Water Conservation Fund (WCF) - Laboratory Certification and Sample Collection at public water systems

Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for Drinking Water Samples - All drinking water sampling activities performed by NMED DWB samplers and Public Water System certified operators are covered within this QAPP.

Water Conservation Fund Annual Report for FY 2022

Annual Contaminant List for Calendar Year 2023

Find Public Water System Information here:

Drinking Water Watch - Searchable public drinking water system information. New to Drinking Water Watch? Check out our tutorial here.

Contact Us

Drinking Water Bureau

Ph: 505-476-8620

Utility Operator Certification:


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