Environmental Programs

EPA & NMED Regulations Responsibilities

Environmental regulatory and compliance programs are maintained by city staff to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) regulations.

Areas of responsibility are:
  • Adhering to new compliance requirements
  • Composting sewage sludge
  • Industrial pretreatment
  • Monitoring
  • Planning
  • Regulating and/or managing a number of city programs associated with surface and ground water discharge of treated effluent
  • Water and wastewater effluent analysis
City staff reviews and regulates industrial wastewater discharges to the sewage system.

Drinking Water Supply Regulation Programs

The drinking water supply is regulated by EPA and NMED compliance programs. Some of those programs are:
  • Bacteriological analysis
  • Lead Copper Rule
  • NMED analytical reports
  • Consumer Confidence Reports
All of these programs combined, ensure that the users receive a safe and abundant supply of potable water.

State Leader

The Utilities Department is recognized throughout the state as a leader in the upkeep and maintenance of water production and wastewater treatment facilities. This is documented by numerous awards and accolades received from New Mexico Water and Wastewater Association. This is attributed to years of service from dedicated employees.