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A revised Ground Water Discharge Permit application is available, effective August 1, 2015. The previous application form will not be accepted after September 1, 2015. Applications that are already in progress are not affected. Please visit the GWQB Forms page for the most current application.

This application does not apply to dairy facilities. Please visit the Dairy Page to access dairy-specific forms.



The Ground Water Pollution Prevention Section (GWPPS) reviews and approves ground water Discharge Permits for discharges that have the potential to impact ground water quality pursuant to Subparts III and V of the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) regulations (20.6.2 NMAC).  Ground water Discharge Permits address a wide variety of discharges including:

  • Domestic wastewater facilities

  • Large capacity septic tank leachfields
  • Reclaimed wastewater reuse
  • Power generating plants
  • Commercial laundries (when not served by sanitary sewers)
  • Commercial land farms for treatment of contaminated soil
  • Industrial discharges
  • Ground Water remediation systems


Ground water Discharge Permits for dairies and non-dairy agricultural facilities, such as cheese plants and chile processors, are managed by the Agriculture Compliance Section.

This program also addresses unauthorized discharges, such as spills, for facilities that it regulates.  Please review NMAC for a description of how to proceed with notifying the Pollution prevention program if you have a spill.

Permits are issued for 5 year terms and must be renewed to provide continuous coverage.  Currently the GWPPS manages approximately 1000 active permits

Current List of Domestic And Industrial Discharge Permits
Updated August 7, 2017

(Some data may not be current or complete)


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