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The Ground Water Pollution Prevention Section (GWPPS) reviews and approves ground water Discharge Permits for discharges that have the potential to impact ground water quality pursuant to Subparts III and V of the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) regulations (20.6.2 NMAC).  Ground water Discharge Permits address a wide variety of discharges including:

  • Domestic wastewater facilities

  • Large capacity septic tank leachfields
  • Reclaimed wastewater reuse
  • Power generating plants
  • Commercial laundries (when not served by sanitary sewers)
  • Dairies
  • Food processing plants
  • Commercial land farms for treatment of contaminated soil
  • Industrial discharges
  • Ground Water remediation systems

This program also addresses unauthorized discharges, such as spills, for facilities that it regulates.  Please review 20.6.2.1203 NMAC for a description of how to proceed with notifying the Pollution prevention program if you have a spill.

Permits are issued for 5 year terms and must be renewed to provide continuous coverage.  Currently the GWPPS manages approximately 1000 active permits

Current List of Discharge Permits (Some data may not be current or complete)

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