Free do­mes­tic well wa­ter test­ing to re­sume

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

Free do­mes­tic well wa­ter test­ing events — the first since the start of the pan­demic — will take place this week in Es­pañola and Santa Fe, the state En­vi­ron­ment Depart­ment says.

“With 20% of New Mex­i­cans us­ing pri­vate wa­ter wells, our free wa­ter test­ing events are a great op­por­tu­nity for pri­vate well own­ers to learn more about what is in their wa­ter and how to keep it safe and clean,” En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary James Ken­ney said in state­ment.

The en­vi­ron­ment and pub­lic health de­part­ments are team­ing up for the event that takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Fri­day, at the NMED Es­pañola Field Of­fice, 712 La Joya St.; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satur­day at the Harold L. Run­nels Build­ing, 1190 St. Fran­cis Drive, Santa Fe.

Res­i­dents need to bring a sam­ple of their wa­ter to the event. Use these guide­lines to en­sure the sam­ple is col­lected cor­rectly: let the wa­ter run for 2-3 min­utes be­fore col­lect­ing the sam­ple; fill a clean glass or plas­tic con­tainer with­out any strong odors with at least a quart or liter of your well wa­ter; if the home has a whole house fil­tra­tion sys­tem, col­lect the wa­ter at the well head prior to any fil­tra­tion or soft­ener sys­tems, if pos­si­ble; fill the con­tainer with wa­ter as close to the time of test­ing as pos­si­ble.

Res­i­dents should also bring ba­sic in­for­ma­tion about the well such as well depth, depth to wa­ter, well casing ma­te­rial (i.e., steel, PVC), well lat­i­tude and lon­gi­tude and dis­tance from the well to the near­est sep­tic tank or leach field sys­tem.

Tests will be of­fered on a first­come, first-served ba­sis to the first 150 par­tic­i­pants. Par­tic­i­pants must ad­here to COVID-safe prac­tices at the event, in­clud­ing wear­ing face cov­er­ings and phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing.

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