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Water Fairs

If you would like to work with NMED to organize a water fair in your community for Summer or Fall 2017, please email Matthew Smith .



  • Ruidoso ~ Eastern New Mexico University, 709 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso

Friday, August 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Additional water fairs for Summer and Fall 2017 will be announced soon.

If there is not a water fair listed for your location, call your local field office about testing or contact a certified drinking water lab.


  • Hobbs ~ OCD District I Office, Hobbs

March 24 - 25, 2017

  • Valencia ~ Health Sciences Building, UNM Valencia, Los Lunas

April 20, 2017

May 13, 2017

  • Portales ~ Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office

June 23 - 24, 2017


The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), Ground Water Quality Bureau (GWQB) conducts free testing of domestic wells (“water fairs”) throughout the state. Domestic well owners are educated about water quality issues and how they can help preserve or improve water quality in their communities. This program has proven to be very popular with the general public and continues to provide NMED with valuable information on ground water quality in rural communities. The NMED continues to receive numerous requests for water fairs from community organizations, NMED Field Offices, other State, County and City agencies, and private citizens. The Water Fair and Water-Quality Outreach Program is an important tool for identifying possible non-point source water quality problems. The program is also a great outreach tool, providing a visible and much appreciated service to the community.

The water fair and water-quality outreach program will consist of approximately 10 water fair events per State Fiscal Year (July 1 to June 30), conducted in rural communities throughout New Mexico. To the extent possible, the events will be evenly distributed among five NMED Districts. Each water fair event will include the following:
Free testing of water samples from private domestic wells for electrical conductivity, fluoride, iron, nitrate, pH and sulfate using portable analytical equipment, and
Educational outreach activities on water quality issues that will be carried out through informative brochures, displays and individual contact with NMED staff.

For additional information and health-related concerns or questions about your well, please visit

If you would like to request a water fair in your community please contact Matthew Smith at (505) 827-2797.

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