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3<HTML_CONTENT xmlns:ibis="http://www.ibisph.org">
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5        <TITLE>Private Well Identification (ID) Tags</TITLE>
6
7        <CONTENT>
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9                <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="2"><SHOW/>
10                        <TITLE>New Mexico Private Well Tags Service</TITLE>
11                        <CONTENT>
12                                <img src="contentfile/image/environment/water/private_wells/WellIDLogo.png" style="float: left; max width 90%; width: 36%;
13                                margin:10px 14px 10px 4px;" alt= "Well Tag Slogan" title="New Mexico Well ID Tags"/>
14                                <br/>
15                                The recently launched Well Identification (ID) Tag Program, operated by the
16                                <a href="http://www.ose.state.nm.us/">New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (OSE)</a> 
17                                is a new way well owners can quickly and easily access records related to their well.
18                                New wells will automatically be enrolled in the program and receive a well ID tag upon registration.
19                                Plus, there are options available for existing wells, thanks to a partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Private Wells Program.
20                                <a href="environment/water/PrivateWells.html">Learn more about private wells</a>.
21                                <br style="clear: both"/><br/>
22                                This new system:
23                                <ul class="Indent">
24                                        <li>Standardizes how newly constructed or existing wells are identified.</li>
25                                        <li>Easily connects existing records to a well.</li>
26                                        <li>Greatly simplifies well owner's record maintenance process.</li>
27                                        <li>Will help well owners to engage in good well stewardship practices.</li>
28                                </ul>
29                                <br/>
30                                <span class="Bold LargerFont">The Benefits of Well ID Tags for Well Owners</span>
31                                <img src="contentfile/image/environment/water/private_wells/WellTagGraphicFrameWebsite.jpg" style="float: right; width: 50%;
32                                margin:6px 20px 10px 10px;" alt="Well Tag Infographic" title="The Well Identification (ID) Tag Program, provides well IDs in the form of easy-to-fasten tags, and offers many benefits "/>
33                                <br/><br/>
34                                The recently launched Well Identification (ID) Tag Program, operated by the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (OSE),
35                                and sponsored in part (for existing wells) by the New Mexico Health Department's Private Wells Program, provides well IDs
36                                in the form of easy-to-fasten tags. These are the benefits of having a well tag:
37                                <br/><br/>
38                                <ul class="Indent">
39                                        <li>Use the ID number to access well information.</li>
40                                        <li>Make sure information about your well is correct.</li>
41                                        <ul class="Indent">
42                                                <li>Easily correct well information when buying or selling a property with a well.</li>
43                                                <li>This makes it easier to transfer well ownership when buying or selling a home.</li>
44                                                <li>Easily identify individual meters for shared wells.</li>
45                                        </ul>
46                                        <li>Be informed!</li>
47                                        <ul class="Indent">
48                                                <li>Engage in good water well stewardship practices.</li>
49                                                <li>Potential future uses of well ID tags include:</li>
50                                                <ul class="Indent">
51                                                        <li>Tracking changes in water quality.</li>
52                                                        <li>Informing well owners during a natural disaster like a flood.</li>
53                                                </ul>
54                                        </ul>
55                                </ul>
56                                <br/><br/>
57                                This new system allows ease of data sharing for:
58                                <ul class="Indent">
59                                        <li>Property Owners.</li>
60                                        <li>OSE staff.</li>
61                                        <li>Other Agencies (addressing water quality and public health concerns).</li>
62                                </ul>
63                                <br/><br/>
64                                This in turn can result in better products and resources which private well users and other stakeholders can use and benefit from.
65                                <br style="clear: both"/><br/>
66                        </CONTENT>
67                </ibis:ExpandableContent>
68                <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="2">
69                        <TITLE>How to Get a Well ID Tag</TITLE>
70                        <CONTENT>
71                                Starting in June 2017, all new wells are automatically enrolled in the program
72                                as the new wells are permitted with the Office of the State Engineer. People with
73                                existing wells can also enroll in the service, because the New Mexico Department of
74                                Health Private Wells Program is providing a limited number of free tags to existing
75                                wells owners, while supplies last. This partnership between state agencies means
76                                New Mexicans with private wells may sign up and receive a Well ID by visiting their
77                                regional location of the Office of State Engineer.
78                                <br/><br/>
79                                You can apply for a well tag at any of OSE's 7 district offices.  Enter the address the well is located, in the online
80                                <a href=" https://ose.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d23dbb0ae81546969522685766d818b2"> map</a>, to find the closest office.
81                                <br/><br/>
82                                <span class="Bold">What's needed?</span>
83                                <ul class="Indent">
84                                        <li>
85                                                To receive a well ID tag, the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) well ownership information must be correct and current.
86                                        </li>
87                                        <li>
88                                                Ownership records can be verified in the <a href="http://www.ose.state.nm.us/WRAB/index.php"> OSE WATERS</a> database.
89                                                If the ownership records are out of date, <span class="Bold">the well owner must bring the following</span>:
90                                        </li>
91                                        <ul class="Indent">
92                                                <li>Well location</li>
93                                                <li>OSE file number (if known)</li>
94                                                <li>Recorded instruments of conveyance (warranty deeds, quit claim deeds, etc.) back to the owner of record on file.</li>
95                                        </ul>
96                                </ul>
97                                <br/>
98                                <span class="Bold">What's the process?</span>
99                                <ul class="Indent">
100                                        <li>The well owner will work with OSE staff to verify the well location (using areal imagery software).</li>
101                                        <li>A well ID tag form will need to be completed and signed (at the OSE office).</li>
102                                        <li>The ID tag and metal band will be issued for free.</li>
103                                </ul>
104                        </CONTENT>
105                </ibis:ExpandableContent>
106                <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="2">
107                        <TITLE>What is a Well ID Tag and How Does It Work?</TITLE>
108                        <CONTENT>
109                                A Well Identification (ID) tag is a 3-inch metal tag (photo anodized aluminum plate) that is attached to a private well.
110                                The ID tag makes it easy to identify a well and access records related to the well.
111                                <br/>
112                                <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="3">
113                                        <TITLE>How the ID system works</TITLE>
114                                        <CONTENT>
115                                                <ul class="Indent">
116                                                        <li>The Tag has a:</li>
117                                                        <ul class="Indent">
118                                                                <li>
119                                                                        A 5-character identification number. The first number is the New Mexico
120                                                                        Office of the State Engineer (OSE) issuing district and the other 4 characters are a unique identifier.
121                                                                </li>
122                                                                <li>A scannable QR code.</li>
123                                                                <li>A URL (web address) attached to the unique well ID.</li>
124                                                        </ul>
125                                                        <li>When inquiring to OSE about your well, simply give the ID number.</li>
126                                                </ul>
127                                        </CONTENT>
128                        </ibis:ExpandableContent>
129                        <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="3">
130                                        <TITLE>The Tag is Easy to Attach To Your Well</TITLE>
131                                        <CONTENT>
132                                                <img src="contentfile/image/environment/water/private_wells/WellTagOnPipeWeb.jpg" 
133                                                style="float: right; max width 90%; width: 60%; margin:4px 4px 4px 4px;" 
134                                                alt="Well Tag attached to well casing" title="Attaching the Well ID Tag"/>
135                                                <br/>
136                                                After you sign up for the program for an existing well, you will be given the tag. You will attach it your well when you get home. Here is how:
137                                                <ul class="Indent">
138                                                        <li>
139                                                                The tag is attached to the well casing, or most permanent feature of the well.
140                                                                The tag can be screwed into place or attached with the provided metal band (works on an 8-inch casing or smaller).
141                                                        </li>
142                                                        <li>Metal bands available while supplies last.</li>
143                                                        <li>Firmly affix the well ID tag by threading the metal band through the slots on the ends of the tag.</li>
144                                                        <li>The band is a ziptie which only requires pliers to tighten.</li>
145                                                        <li>For below-grade wells, the tag should be placed inside the well vault or on the first exposed discharge pipe.</li>
146                                                </ul>
147                                                <br/><br/>
148                                                <span class="Bold">Will I need to replace the tag?</span>
149                                                <ul class="Indent">
150                                                        <li>
151                                                                The tag is made out of photosensitive anodized aluminum and is designed to stand up to harsh weather conditions including sun and heat exposure.
152                                                        </li>
153                                                        <li>The tag will withstand at least 20 years of outdoor exposure.</li>
154                                                </ul>
155                                                <br style="clear: both"/><br/>
156                                        </CONTENT>
157                        </ibis:ExpandableContent>
158                        </CONTENT>
159                </ibis:ExpandableContent>
160                <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="2">
161                        <TITLE>New Mexico well ID tagging project highlights</TITLE>
162                        <CONTENT>
163                                <ul class="Indent">
164                                        <li>
165                                                The New Mexico Department of Health Private Wells Program's work around private well tags is recognized by the
166                                                <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/safe-watch/index.html">Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Safe WATCH program.</a>
167                                        </li>
168                                        <br/>
169                                        <img src="contentfile/image/environment/water/private_wells/SafeWatchInfographicH_Page_1.jpg" 
170                                        style="width: 80%; margin:8px 20px 2px 10px;"  alt="Safe Watch" title="CDC Safe Watch - Safer Well Water through Stronger Public Health Programs"/>
171                                        <br/>
172                                        <img src="contentfile/image/environment/water/private_wells/SafeWatchInfographicH_Page_2.jpg" 
173                                        style="width: 80%; margin:2px 20px 20px 10px;"  alt="Safe Watch" title="CDC Safe Watch Grantees Improve Services"/>
174                                </ul>
175                                <ul class="Indent">
176                                        <li>
177                                                New Mexico is recognized by a national law and policy group (<a href="https://www.changelabsolutions.org/about-us">ChangeLab Solutions</a>)
178                                                for policy helping to address unregulated drinking water issues. Highlighted below are New Mexico specific examples from the report
179                                                <span class="Italicize">Closing the Water Quality Gap - using policy to improve drinking water in federally-unregulated drinking water systems</span>.
180                                                <a href="https://www.changelabsolutions.org/sites/default/files/Closing-the-Gap_Water_Regulation-%26-Policies_FACT_SHEET-FINAL_20170725.pdf">Read the full report here</a>.
181                                        </li>
182                                </ul>
183                                <img src="contentfile/image/environment/water/private_wells/ChangeLabSolutions_NM_exerpt.jpg" 
184                                style="width: 80%; margin:4px 20px 2px 10px;"  alt="Changelab Solutions excerpt" title="Changelab Solutions excerpt"/>
185                        </CONTENT>
186                </ibis:ExpandableContent>
187                <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="2">
188                        <TITLE>More Information about Well ID Tags in New Mexico for Newly Constructed Wells and Existing Wells</TITLE>
189                        <CONTENT>
190                                <img src="contentfile/image/environment/water/private_wells/WellTagNewWellsWeb.jpg" 
191                                style="float: right; max-width:85%; width: 70%; margin:10px 20px 10px 10px;"  alt="Well Tagging Requirements" title="Well Tagging Requirements"/>
192                                <br/><br/>
193                                <span class="Bold">Are well tags required?</span>
194                                <br/><br/>
195                                <ul class="Indent">
196                                        <li>Well tags are <span class="Bold">required for newly constructed wells</span> (legislation effective as of June 30, 2017.)</li>
197                                        <li>
198                                                This requirement reflects recent changes to the <a href="http://164.64.110.239/nmac/parts/title19/19.027.0004.htm">New Mexico Administrative Code 19.27.4.29 Subsection M.</a> 
199                                        </li>
200                                </ul>
201                                <br/><br/>
202                                The Tagging is for wells which provide water for human and animal consumption and for other agricultural and industrial purposes.
203                                <br/><br/>
204                                <ul class="Indent">
205                                        <li>
206                                                Well tags are not required for existing wells, however, through a limited supply, are available for existing wells,
207                                                sponsored by New Mexico Department of Health Private Wells Program in partnership with the Office of the State Engineer.
208                                                This free service allows existing well owners to also gain the benefits of participating in the New Mexico Well ID Tag program.
209                                        </li>
210                                </ul>
211                                <br style="clear: both"/><br/>
212                                <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="3">
213                                        <TITLE>Do other states use well tags?</TITLE>
214                                        <CONTENT>
215                                                New Mexico joins only two other states that offer this service:
216                                                <ul class="Indent">
217                                                        <li>
218                                                                The <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/owrd/pages/gw/wcc_index.aspx">Oregon state Water Resources Department</a> has been tagging wells since 1996.
219                                                        </li>
220                                                        <li>
221                                                                The <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/waterresources/map/WCLSWebMap/siteinformation.aspx">State of Washington Department of Ecology</a> 
222                                                                also utilizes well identification tags.
223                                                        </li>
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225                                                <br/><br/>
226                                                States have benefited from this program as the well ID easily links an individual well to
227                                                important well information such as the well log (a physical description of how the well was constructed). 
228                                                This allows for an accurate database of wells constructed in each state.
229                                                <br/><br/>
230                                                Well identification tags help well owners to engage in good stewardship practices.
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