Environmental Programs

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

Drinking Water Regulations

The drinking water supply is regulated by EPA and NMED compliance programs. Some of those programs are:
  • Bacteriological analysis
  • Consumer Confidence Reports
  • Lead Copper Rule
  • NMED analytical 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.