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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

A Discharge Permit application for PPS sites can be found here. Discharge Permits for dairies and non-dairy agricultural facilities, such as cheese plants and chile processors, are managed by the Agriculture Compliance Section. To access dairy specific forms, please visit the Agricultural Compliance Section

Spill Reporting

This program also addresses unauthorized discharges, such as spills, for facilities that it regulates. Please review 20.6.2.1203 NMAC for instructions on how to proceed with notifying the Pollution Prevention Section if you have a spill.

Fact Sheets for Federal Facilities

The department will prepare a fact sheet for every draft permit for a discharge at a federal facility, except for discharges at federal facilities which are comprised solely of domestic liquid waste.

DP-1132 Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility Fact Sheet

DP-1446 Holloman Air Force Base, FT-31 Petroleum Contaminated Soil Land Farm Fact Sheet

DP-1132 Instalación de Tratamiento de Residuos Líquidos Radiactivos hoja de datos

Current List of Discharge Permits

Updated April 26, 2021

Permits are issued for 5 year terms and must be renewed to provide continuous coverage. This list (PDF or Excel) will be updated regularly as more permits are finalized. Currently the PPS manages approximately 420 active permits.

Contact Info

For questions regarding PPS, please email pps.general@env.nm.gov or call 505-827-2900

Contact us

Phone Number: 505-827-2900
E: gwqb.general@state.nm.us

A list of Bureau staff contacts is available here.

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