Governing Law and Regulations
New Mexico Environment Department Drinking Water Bureau
Department of Health (DOH) Scientific Laboratory Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. New Mexico follows the federal requirements for the certification of laboratories that analyze drinking water samples.
For discharges not subject to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), the New Mexico Environment Department may apply monitoring requirements. For additional information about the federal requirements, see the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.
· Administration and enforcement. The DOH Scientific Laboratory Division administers the state microbiological drinking water laboratory certification program. The New Mexico Environment Department enforces the provisions of the Water Quality Act. The NPDES program in the state is administered by EPA, and whole effluent toxicity testing is required by NPDES federal permits.
New Mexico has adopted Chapter 5 of EPA's "Manual for the Certification of Laboratories Analyzing Drinking Water: Criteria and Procedures" as its technical manual and checklist for the state laboratories that analyze drinking water samples.