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Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)
New Mexico
Environment Department
Ground Water Quality Bureau

Water Fairs




Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at

Chama Senior Center, at 2449 Hwy 84/64, Chama

Chama Flyer


Alternative Testing Options:

Contact local field office to see if testing is offered or contact a certified laboratory.

How to collect a water sample for the Water Fair

  1. Fill a clean glass or plastic container without any strong odors, with at least a quart or a liter (i.e. half a gallon) of your well water.
  2. If the home has a whole house filtration system, collect the water at the well head prior to any filtration or softener systems if possible.
  3. Let the water run 2-3 minutes before collecting the sample.
  4. Fill the container with water as close to the time of testing as possible.
  5. Come to the water fair in your community at the date and time specified above.

Testing includes:

arsenic, electrical conductivity, fluoride, iron, nitrate, pH, and sulfate. 

All results are typically mailed in 2-4 weeks.

To learn more about organizing a water fair in your community, please contact

Matthew Smith

The NM Environment Department (NMED), Ground Water Quality Bureau (GWQB) conducts free testing through a grant from the EPA, in conjunction with the NM Department of Health (NMDOH), to provide data about domestic wells. Approximately, 10 water fairs or public outreach events are held each a year in communities throughout New Mexico. Each water fair event includes free testing of water samples from private domestic wells for arsenic, electrical conductivity, fluoride, iron, nitrate, pH, and sulfate. Additionally, domestic well owners have the opportunity to interact with NMED and NMDOH staff to learn more about ground water quality issues and how they can help preserve or improve water quality in their communities. 


To learn more about water quality issues or treatment and maintenance of wells, click on a topic of interest. 

Arsenic  Bacteria  Fluoride Iron
Manganese  Nitrate pH  Sulfates
TDS Disinfecting Wells Treatment  Certified Labs

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




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Harold Runnels Building
1190 Saint Francis Drive
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502

Tel: (505) 827-2900
Fax:(505) 827-2965

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