ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Curry says septic tanks top cause of groundwater contamination in state
State Environment Secretary Ron Curry says getting people connected to community or city sewer systems rather than septic tanks would reduce groundwater contamination in New Mexico, The Daily Times reported.
Curry, speaking at a conference in Farmington of the Realtors Association of New Mexico, cited septic tanks as the top cause of groundwater contamination in the state, according to The Daily Times.
The Farmington newspaper said Curry told the group that more than half of the estimated 250,000 septic tanks in New Mexico were installed improperly or illegally. And he said that poorly operating self-contained sewage systems are to blame for about 25,000 sewage cesspools that litter the state.
Pulling out a septic system to connect with a community sewer line after a home is constructed can be very costly, according to The Daily Times. Curry said to prevent such costs and the potential pollution of the waste systems, communities should work to identify new development and link more homes to community sewer lines.