Water Resources & Management
As all New Mexicans know, water in our state is a very precious – and at times elusive – resource. Even with New Mexico’s wonderful diversity of ecosystems , the mostly desert landscape receives an average of 10 inches of precipitation annually…
Surface water (rivers, lakes and streams) in New Mexico originates as rain or melting snow, but over 95% of that water evaporates or is transpired by plants.Most of New Mexico’s fresh water is stored as groundwater in aquifers or confining layers below the land surface, where it occupies small open spaces between sand or gravel and small fractures in rock.
Water Topics Spotlight:
NMED is responsible for overseeing water infrastructure systems and water quality issues throughout the state.
NOTE: The state’s water resources in regards to water quantity, appropriation, and distribution of surface and ground waters are administered by the Office of the State Engineer.
NMED has many programs that focus on protecting the quality of our waters and assuring safe and effective infrastructure for delivering clean water to our communities. We coordinate much of our work with federal agencies, other state agencies, local governments, and citizen groups.
Water Quality Programs and Regulatory Information:
Water Tools and Resources:
Drinking Water Watch
Quick Links to BUREAUS:
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Clean Water Act Section 319(h)
Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (wastewater or storm water drainage projects)
Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (water system repairs and replacement projects)
Water Infrastructure Portal