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A revised Ground Water Discharge Permit application form is under review. The Ground Water Quality Bureau is accepting public feedback on the proposed new form. Comments should be directed to Kathryn Hayden by email or phone: (505) 827-1046.

Draft Ground Water Discharge Permit application – March 2015


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 Discharge Permits (Some data may not be current or complete)

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