New Mexico is taking proactive measures to address PFAS pollutants in our vulnerable water resources.
PFAS are very persistent in the environment and in the human body – they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects. The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is studying potential PFAS contamination in Curry and Roosevelt Counties. This study is a critical leap forward for state and local officials and the public to learn about the presence and prevalence of these chemicals within eastern New Mexico’s groundwater supplies.
As part of our ongoing efforts to better understand PFAS in our environment and be able to take appropriate action to protect human health and the environment; the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is offering free drinking water well testing to residents of Roosevelt County.
Depending on your location, one or several of your groundwater wells can be sampled at no cost to you. Samples will be collected March – May 2021. Experienced field samplers from NMED or the U.S. Geological Survey under contract with NMED will take the sample at a convenient time. You would only need to provide access to well(s) on your property. Well owners will be contacted by NMED via letter with their results within two weeks of the data integrity review.
How do I sign up? Please email NMENV-DWB-PFAS@state.nm.us or call 505-660-3391. Sign up as soon as possible to secure your spot!