New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Liquid Waste Program

Our Mission

To protect the health and welfare of present and future citizens of New Mexico by providing for the prevention and abatement of public health hazards and surface and ground water contamination from on-site liquid waste disposal practices.

Liquid Waste Program (Septic Systems)

Taking Care of Your Septic System


  • Next WTAC Meeting is scheduled for Friday October 11, 2019 from 9:30 to 2:00pm at the NMED District 1 Office located at 121 Tijeras Ave. NE, Ste. 1000 Albuquerque, NM 87102.
  • New Resource for determining Depth to Water. The Office of the State Engineer has provide an online map of the wells that they have information on.  There could be other well in the area. After clicking on a well, the Depth to Water value is near the end of the list (scroll down).
  • Click this link for Proposed Liquid Waste Fees 20.7.11 NMAC Redline Rules 191010:  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), Environmental Health Bureau (Bureau or EHB) is proposing to change the fee schedule. The Bureau is seeking to increase and implement new Liquid Waste fees to help improve permitting and inspection services for the public and to ensure protection of groundwater and surface waters throughout the State of New Mexico.
  • Public meetings for proposed fees 20.7.11 NMAC planned:
Monday, October 28,2019 Las Cruces Notice 191028 1:00pm to 4:00pm NM Env Dept, Conference Room 2301 Entrada Del Sol, Las Cruces, NM 88001
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Ruidoso Notice 191029 12:30 pm -3:30 pm ENMU-Ruidoso 709 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:30pm-3:30 pm 4021 National Parks Highway Carlsbad, NM  88220
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 1:00pm to 5:00pm Runnels Building Conference Room 1190 S St Francis Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:00pm to 3:00pm McGee Park –Multi Use Building, Room C 41 Rd 5568, Farmington, NM 87401
Friday, November 15, 2019 1:00pm to 4:00pm TCEDC (Taos County Economic Development Corporation) HACT Bldg 1021 Salazar Rd, Taos NM 87571
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 AM Session, 8:00am to 12:00pm Springer Building, NM Env Dept, Rio Grande Conference Room 121 Tijeras, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 PM Session, 1:00pm to 5:00pm Springer Building, NM Env Dept, Rio Grande Conference Room 121 Tijeras, Albuquerque, NM 87102