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Adding New water test fair (Jemez Pueblo and Sandoval County)

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5        <TITLE>Well Water Test Fairs</TITLE>
7        <CONTENT>
8                A partnership between the New Mexico Health Department's Environmental Public Health Tracking
9                and Private Well Programs and the state Environment Department offers New Mexico households
10                with private water wells the chance to conveniently test the water they drink for a number of common
11                water concerns plus arsenic at no cost.
12                <br/><br/>
13                The process is simple: drop the bottles or containers of water off at the water testing station
14                during a water fair in the county you live in. These free tests are offered on a first-come
15                first-served basis while supplies are available. (The locations and counties change each year
16                fairs are sometimes added mid-season, so check back regularly to see if an event is happening near your home).
17                <h3>2019 Water Fair participation:</h3>
18                <br/>
19                Ten events were offered throughout the state in 2019 including communities in Lea, Guadalupe, Socorro, Dona Ana, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Taos, Colfax, Grant, and Sandoval counties. A total of 576 samples analyzed for free. These testing events will resume in spring 2020.
20                <br/>
21                <h3>Water fair locations and dates in 2020:</h3>
22                <br/>
23                <ul class="Indent">
24                        <li>
25                                <span class="Bold">Espanola, and Rio Arriba County, </span>Mar 13 and Mar 14. <a ibis:href="view/pdf/environment/water/private_wells/water_fairs/RioArribaFlyer.pdf">Details</a>
26                                <br/>
27                        </li>
28                        <li>
29                                <span class="Bold">Jemez Pueblo, Sandoval County, </span>Mar 28. <a ibis:href="view/pdf/environment/water/private_wells/water_fairs/JemezPuebloFlyer.pdf">Details</a>
30                                <br/>
31                        </li>
32                </ul>
33                <br/>
34                <h3>Well Owner Workshop locations and dates in 2020:</h3>
35                <br/>
36                A chance for well owners to learn about well tagging, water quality and health, treatment, and more!
37                <br/><br/>
38                <ul class="Indent">
39                        <li>
40                                <span class="Bold">Taos</span> (Taos public library), March 7. <a ibis:href="view/pdf/environment/water/private_wells/water_fairs/TaosWellClassFlyer.pdf">Details</a>
41                                <br/>
42                        </li>
43                </ul>
44                <br/><br/>
45                <span class="Italicize">Check back regularly for new posts and additional locations.</span>
46                <br/><br/>
47                <h4>Benefits of Testing at the Private Well Water Fairs</h4>
48                Although well owners are encouraged to periodically test their drinking water, such tests can be costly,
49                starting at $150. The Departments of Environment and Health offer these opportunities for New Mexico
50                private wells owners at no cost during these events.
51                <br/><br/>
52                This money-saving opportunity is the chance for households to check:
53                <ul class="Indent">
54                        <li>pH</li>
55                        <li>specific conductance</li>
56                </ul>
57                and the levels of
58                <ul class="Indent">
59                        <li>fluoride</li>
60                        <li>iron</li>
61                        <li>sulfate</li>
62                        <li>nitrate</li>
63                        <li>arsenic.</li>
64                </ul>
65                <h4>What you need to do:</h4>
66                <ul class="Indent">
67                        <li>
68                                Use a clean glass or plastic container that holds at least a quart of water (such as in a 1-liter soda bottle or gallon milk jug). The container should not have a strong odor (avoid pickle jars and vinegar bottles)
69                        </li>
70                        <li>
71                                Collect the water before it runs through any water treatment/filters such as a reverse osmosis system (R.O.) or a water softener. (If the home has a whole house filtration system, collect the water at the well head).
72                        </li>
73                        <li>Let the water run a couple of minutes before filling the bottle/container.</li>
74                        <li>Fill the bottle with the water as close to the time of testing as possible (right before coming to the water testing event).</li>
75                        <li>Label the bottle with your name, address, and phone number.</li>
76                        <li>Take the sample to a local water fair in your area (see listing above).</li>
77                        <li>
78                                If you can and have the information, you should include with the water bottle, some basic information about the well such as: well depth, depth to water, well casing material (e.g., steel, pvc), well location latitude/longitude, and distance from well to the nearest septic tank/leach field system. You may use this sample form to keep track of that information and to bring with you to a water fair:
79                        </li>
80                </ul>
81                <br/>
82                <a ibis:href="view/pdf/environment/water/private_wells/water_fairs/WaterFairIntakeForm2018.pdf"><img ibis:src="image/icon/16/pdf.gif" alt="pdf" />
83                <span class="filetitle">Well Information Form<span class="filesize">(81.7 KB)</span></span></a>
84                <br/><br/>
85                If well owners are unable to attend the event in their community but would like to have their water tested,
86                they may have their sample brought to the water test station by a family member or neighbor if the
87                bottle is clearly labeled with their name, phone number, and address and information about the well is attached.
88                <h4>Learn more: Health and Drinking Water Quality</h4>
89                The constituents we look for in the tests may be naturally occurring or result from sources including
90                fertilizer, animal waste, septic tanks, and refuse dumps. Drinking water with high levels of nitrate
91                can be dangerous to pregnant women and infants, while high levels of other contaminants may lead to
92                aesthetic nuisances and other health problems. Arsenic is naturally occurring and has been measured in
93                water from private wells throughout the state at concentrations that exceed recommended drinking water quality
94                health standards. Not usually included with general tests, well owners will be able to check the
95                arsenic level in their water at these water fairs.
96                <br/>
97                About 20 percent of New Mexicans receive their water from private wells, which are not tested routinely.
98                To support well owners, the Health Department offers information about various well topics on
99                <a ibis:href="environment/water/Indroduction.html">Drinking Water Quality</a> pages.
100                <br/>
101                The water fairs will only test water that comes from homes that rely on private wells for drinking water.
102                Water from households that are connected to city/community/public water system is periodically tested and
103                those results are available at: <a ibis:href="dataportal/Introduction.html">Data Query and Data Mapping Tool,</a> 
104                and <a ibis:href="environment/water/CommunityWaterSystems.html">Community Drinking Water Data.</a>
105                <br/><br/>
106                <span class="Bold">Take advantage of other events sponsored by our health promotion partners:</span>
107                <br/><br/>
108                <span class="Italicize">Biomonitoring Assessments</span>
109                <br/>
110                The state health department conducts biomonitoring assessments periodically to look for specific
111                metals, such as arsenic and uranium in drinking water from wells and in urine samples provided by
112                those who drink water from the wells. Scheduling of these biomonitoring assessments depends on
113                available funding and community interest. Call 888-878-8992 to learn more.
115                <br/><br/>
116                <span class="Italicize">Bernalillo County Domestic Well Monitoring Program</span>
117                <br/>
118                Drought and limited water sources are a health concern. If you live in Bernalillo County, join the
119                free Bernalillo County domestic well monitoring program and become aware of the water level in your well.
120                Learn more by calling 505-224-1614.
121                <br/>
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