SOCORRO — Surveys show the majority of New Mexican private well users haven’t had their water tested, even though most do not have water treatment systems installed.
To save consumers money — tests are valued at around $150 — and to educate the public about safe drinking water, the New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health are hosting a free domestic well water testing event in Socorro on Saturday, April 13.
The free tests will be available from 9 a.m. to noon at the Socorro Farmers Market, 1002 Ake Ave. Tests will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 200 participants or while supplies are available. Test results will be mailed to households following the event.
The state’s “water fairs” provide an opportunity for Socorro County households to check pH, specific conductance and levels of fluoride, iron, sulfate and nitrate in their well water. These constituents may be naturally occurring or result from sources including fertilizer, animal waste and septic tanks. Drinking water with high levels of nitrate can be dangerous to pregnant women and infants, while other contaminants may lead to other health problems.